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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : prc|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : prc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 520
flight time type : 215
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||aircraft : equipment problem dissipated|
flight crew : overcame equipment problem
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
During a routine landing at prescott love field I noted that I did not have a green light. I informed prescott tower and continued with a fly-by for the tower to visually inspect the landing gear. They informed me that the nose gear was not fully extended. I left the pattern and retracted and extended the gear electrically and manually west/O any success. I returned to the field and was instructed to land on runway 3. During the landing I shut down and feathered both engines, landed tail low holding the nose off. During this process the nose gear extended into the lock position preventing any skin damage to the aircraft. Further inspection of the aircraft revealed that one of the blades on the left engine received a substantial nick in the leading edge. The landing gear is still being inspected. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: the locking member had broken and was preventing the nose gear from locking in the down position. During landing roll the broken piece jarred loose and allowed the gear to fully extend and lock. The propeller damage was probably caused by a bolt or something coming out of the nose gear well. There is some speculation it could have been a rock.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMT LANDED WITH A NOSE GEAR INDICATING NOT DOWN AND LOCKED. DURING ROLL OUT NOSE GEAR LOCKED DOWN.
Narrative: DURING A ROUTINE LNDG AT PRESCOTT LOVE FIELD I NOTED THAT I DID NOT HAVE A GREEN LIGHT. I INFORMED PRESCOTT TWR AND CONTINUED WITH A FLY-BY FOR THE TWR TO VISUALLY INSPECT THE LNDG GEAR. THEY INFORMED ME THAT THE NOSE GEAR WAS NOT FULLY EXTENDED. I LEFT THE PATTERN AND RETRACTED AND EXTENDED THE GEAR ELECTRICALLY AND MANUALLY W/O ANY SUCCESS. I RETURNED TO THE FIELD AND WAS INSTRUCTED TO LAND ON RWY 3. DURING THE LNDG I SHUT DOWN AND FEATHERED BOTH ENGS, LANDED TAIL LOW HOLDING THE NOSE OFF. DURING THIS PROCESS THE NOSE GEAR EXTENDED INTO THE LOCK POS PREVENTING ANY SKIN DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. FURTHER INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT ONE OF THE BLADES ON THE LEFT ENGINE RECEIVED A SUBSTANTIAL NICK IN THE LEADING EDGE. THE LNDG GEAR IS STILL BEING INSPECTED. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: THE LOCKING MEMBER HAD BROKEN AND WAS PREVENTING THE NOSE GEAR FROM LOCKING IN THE DOWN POS. DURING LNDG ROLL THE BROKEN PIECE JARRED LOOSE AND ALLOWED THE GEAR TO FULLY EXTEND AND LOCK. THE PROP DAMAGE WAS PROBABLY CAUSED BY A BOLT OR SOMETHING COMING OUT OF THE NOSE GEAR WELL. THERE IS SOME SPECULATION IT COULD HAVE BEEN A ROCK.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.