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Last updated: 2 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Registration: ZK-MSL
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Napier Aerodrome -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Napier Aerodrome
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Thursday 7 July 2005 at 0852, the pilot of ZK-MSL, a Piper PA34 Seneca II, intentionally landed the aircraft at Napier Aerodrome with the landing gear retracted after both normal and emergency procedures failed to extend the nose landing gear. The pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. Aircraft damage was largely confined to the propellers.

The nose gear had failed to extend because the centering spring attachment bolt had jammed against the nose gear door aft tube assembly. The bolt had been installed incorrectly 9 weeks earlier during maintenance. Contributory factors were overloading of the nose baggage compartment and a possible lack of rigidity in the nose cone.

Safety issues identified included the need for aircraft maintenance engineers to refer to appropriate documentation when carrying out unfamiliar tasks, the ongoing compliance with an Airworthiness Directive concerning the attachment bolt, and the effectiveness of the associated Service Bulletin.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 076/05 issued 14 July 2005 by TAIC to DCA
Safety recommendation 104/05 issued 22 December 2005 by TAIC to The New Piper Aircraft Inc
Safety recommendation 105/05 issued 14 July 2005 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:21 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Phase, Destination airport, Narrative]

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