Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N790GK,
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Date:Monday 19 December 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Airline Transport Professionals Corp Of Usa
Registration: N790GK
MSN: 44-7995316
Total airframe hrs:9819 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gwinnet County Airport - KLZU, Lawrenceville, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Atlanta, GA (PDK)
Destination airport:Lawrenceville, GA (LZU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While configuring the airplane for a power-off stall, the pilots noted that there was an unsafe gear indication after selecting the landing gear to the down position. The flight instructor made several unsuccessful attempts to extend the landing gear using the emergency gear extension procedures, but the light did not illuminate. The pilot reported the condition to the air traffic controller, and he maneuvered the airplane for a low approach, and the controller advised the pilot that the gear appeared to be down. During the landing roll all three landing gears remained extended, but as the airplane slowed, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane veered off the runway colliding with a runway light. A postaccident examination of the right main landing gear revealed that the truss assembly hook assembly did not travel over the truss pin. The landing gear was tested, and the right main landing gear did not lock on any attempt. In addition, the right main landing gear truss bracket and stud had excessive friction and prevented the side brace from fully rotating, subsequently preventing the truss hook from traveling over the lock pin. The right main landing gear truss bracket pin had little or no grease present; however, the left main landing gear truss bracket pin had grease indications around the pin and zerk fitting. A review of the airframe maintenance records indicated that about a month before the accident, the airplane had completed a 100-hour inspection and a side brace mount assembly was installed in the right main landing gear. The mechanic who performed the maintenance stated that he could not find any guidance in the maintenance manual on how to remove and install the new bushing; therefore, he replaced the bushing and verified that there was movement between the two parts, and then reinstalled the side brace assembly on the airplane. The mechanic did not follow the proper procedures as described in the manufacturer maintenance manual. The accident occurred about 38 hours after the 100-hour inspection.
Probable Cause: The mechanic's improper installation and lubrication of the bushing on the right main landing gear truss assembly, which resulted in the landing gear not locking in the down position.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA12LA117
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Jan-2012 21:28 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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