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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235187
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Registration: N3020M
MSN: 44-7995220
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gaithersburg, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Westminster, MD (DMW)
Destination airport:Gaithersburg, MD (GAI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the flight instructor, after an uneventful training flight, the airplane was returning to home base. After touchdown and during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right of the centerline and stopped. The instructor exited the airplane and discovered that the right main landing gear had collapsed. Postaccident examination of the landing gear revealed that the right aft main landing gear trunnion bracket had failed and that the wing spar web was damaged. A visual examination of the fracture surfaces revealed that the landing gear trunnion bracket failed during an overstress event. A review of the logbooks did not reveal any recent maintenance to the gear assembly. The investigation could not determine when the overstress event occurred that resulted in the failure of right main landing gear trunnion bracket.

Probable Cause: The failure of the right main landing gear trunnion bracket due to an undetermined overstress event.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Apr-2020 07:00 ASN Update Bot Added

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