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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : apc.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 3600
flight time type : 400
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment : tcas|
aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : lndg gear unsafe light
other flight crewa
other other : gnd crew observation
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed in emergency condition|
|Maintenance||performance deficiency : inspection|
I was approaching the napa airport from the east. Reported over cordelia and was instructed to report 'over the water tanks.' stage cooling and first notch of flaps were complete and landing gear was extended prior to the water tanks and indicated 3 green lights. I reported over the water tanks and was cleared to land on runway 24. Approach was normal. As the aircraft settled onto the runway, the right side felt as if it were sinking lower than usual. I glanced at the gear indicators and saw a red 'unsafe' light. I applied flight control corrections to raise the right wing and added power to go around. I advised the tower of the go around and said that something felt unusual with the right main gear (a pilot in the runup area of 24 confirmed that the gear appeared to have been collapsing). I performed a left crosswind departure to the south and climbed to diagnose the problem. I alerted our maintenance crew via unicom. While waiting for them to get a radio up and functioning, I attempted several gear extensions at various airspds with and without slips, as well as varying flight attitudes all without successfully locking that last main. I attempted manual gear extensions again without success. Maintenance understood my situation and we worked together to try to solve the problem. They were now in position to observe the gear from the ground via low pass. Winds were light and variable and I talked with the tower and decided runway 24 would cause the least inconvenience to other pilots and keep the airport open and operating. I flew left traffic and performed a low pass allowing our maintenance crew to get its best look at the right gear. As far as we could determine, the gear looked normal. I made left traffic, deciding to keep the flaps up to minimize any airframe damage. Since the main gear extends from the airframe centerline towards the wingtips, I also decided a slight crab may provide enough outward energy to lock that last gear. Pattern was normal. As I crossed the runway numbers, I pulled the mixtures to idle cutoff and turned off the 2 gang bars that shut down the ignition and electrical system. I touched down the left main first hoping that may nudge the right main to lock. No luck. I then touched the right main hoping the yaw may provide enough force to lock that gear. No luck. I could feel the right side sinking again and held it up as long as the airspeed and gravity would allow. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the reporter stated the landing gear is activated by a single electric motor, driving push rods connected to each landing gear. The reporter said the right landing gear rod end fitting bolt was found sheared, which caused the failure.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A CESSNA 414 ON TOUCHDOWN HAD THE R MAIN LNDG GEAR COLLAPSE DUE TO A FAILED OVERCTR LOCKING BOLT.
Narrative: I WAS APCHING THE NAPA ARPT FROM THE E. RPTED OVER CORDELIA AND WAS INSTRUCTED TO RPT 'OVER THE WATER TANKS.' STAGE COOLING AND FIRST NOTCH OF FLAPS WERE COMPLETE AND LNDG GEAR WAS EXTENDED PRIOR TO THE WATER TANKS AND INDICATED 3 GREEN LIGHTS. I RPTED OVER THE WATER TANKS AND WAS CLRED TO LAND ON RWY 24. APCH WAS NORMAL. AS THE ACFT SETTLED ONTO THE RWY, THE R SIDE FELT AS IF IT WERE SINKING LOWER THAN USUAL. I GLANCED AT THE GEAR INDICATORS AND SAW A RED 'UNSAFE' LIGHT. I APPLIED FLT CTL CORRECTIONS TO RAISE THE R WING AND ADDED PWR TO GO AROUND. I ADVISED THE TWR OF THE GAR AND SAID THAT SOMETHING FELT UNUSUAL WITH THE R MAIN GEAR (A PLT IN THE RUNUP AREA OF 24 CONFIRMED THAT THE GEAR APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN COLLAPSING). I PERFORMED A L XWIND DEP TO THE S AND CLBED TO DIAGNOSE THE PROB. I ALERTED OUR MAINT CREW VIA UNICOM. WHILE WAITING FOR THEM TO GET A RADIO UP AND FUNCTIONING, I ATTEMPTED SEVERAL GEAR EXTENSIONS AT VARIOUS AIRSPDS WITH AND WITHOUT SLIPS, AS WELL AS VARYING FLT ATTITUDES ALL WITHOUT SUCCESSFULLY LOCKING THAT LAST MAIN. I ATTEMPTED MANUAL GEAR EXTENSIONS AGAIN WITHOUT SUCCESS. MAINT UNDERSTOOD MY SIT AND WE WORKED TOGETHER TO TRY TO SOLVE THE PROB. THEY WERE NOW IN POS TO OBSERVE THE GEAR FROM THE GND VIA LOW PASS. WINDS WERE LIGHT AND VARIABLE AND I TALKED WITH THE TWR AND DECIDED RWY 24 WOULD CAUSE THE LEAST INCONVENIENCE TO OTHER PLTS AND KEEP THE ARPT OPEN AND OPERATING. I FLEW L TFC AND PERFORMED A LOW PASS ALLOWING OUR MAINT CREW TO GET ITS BEST LOOK AT THE R GEAR. AS FAR AS WE COULD DETERMINE, THE GEAR LOOKED NORMAL. I MADE L TFC, DECIDING TO KEEP THE FLAPS UP TO MINIMIZE ANY AIRFRAME DAMAGE. SINCE THE MAIN GEAR EXTENDS FROM THE AIRFRAME CTRLINE TOWARDS THE WINGTIPS, I ALSO DECIDED A SLIGHT CRAB MAY PROVIDE ENOUGH OUTWARD ENERGY TO LOCK THAT LAST GEAR. PATTERN WAS NORMAL. AS I CROSSED THE RWY NUMBERS, I PULLED THE MIXTURES TO IDLE CUTOFF AND TURNED OFF THE 2 GANG BARS THAT SHUT DOWN THE IGNITION AND ELECTRICAL SYS. I TOUCHED DOWN THE L MAIN FIRST HOPING THAT MAY NUDGE THE R MAIN TO LOCK. NO LUCK. I THEN TOUCHED THE R MAIN HOPING THE YAW MAY PROVIDE ENOUGH FORCE TO LOCK THAT GEAR. NO LUCK. I COULD FEEL THE R SIDE SINKING AGAIN AND HELD IT UP AS LONG AS THE AIRSPD AND GRAVITY WOULD ALLOW. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE RPTR STATED THE LNDG GEAR IS ACTIVATED BY A SINGLE ELECTRIC MOTOR, DRIVING PUSH RODS CONNECTED TO EACH LNDG GEAR. THE RPTR SAID THE R LNDG GEAR ROD END FITTING BOLT WAS FOUND SHEARED, WHICH CAUSED THE FAILURE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.