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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : ecs.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Bonanza 35|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : takeoff roll
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 76|
flight time total : 775
flight time type : 130
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed in emergency condition|
On takeoff roll at approximately 65 mph, the left side main gear collapsed or started to retract. The left wing started to drop. I immediately pitched the nose up and heard a scraping sound. I thought I had scraped the left wingtip and the tail on the pavement during rotation. I got airborne, put the gear switch in the up position and noticed the climb performance was poor. I called the local traffic to announce that I was staying in the pattern and coming around to land. The climb rate was slow, so I left the pattern to gain altitude. I put the gear switch into the down position, but the landing gear would not lower. I found the circuit breaker for the landing gear had tripped and would not reset. I manually extended the landing gear, but could only get 40 turns down. (It is supposed to take 50 turns.) I called the local FBO and asked him to visually check that my landing gear was fully extended as I flew over the airport. He said that he couldn't tell for sure, but thought it appeared to be in the correct position. I circled the airport and secured the engine when assured of making the runway. At that point I made a normal soft field landing. The landing gear stayed locked in place as I coasted to a stop. I had the aircraft towed to the hangar. I found that I hadn't scraped the left wingtip, but the propeller had struck and bent the tip and the rear tie-down hook had struck the pavement. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the propeller has been sent for repair but that has not been completed. Once it is reinstalled and the engine made airworthy the plan is to fly the aircraft to a nearby airport to do work on the landing gear. At this point there are bent rods in the gear mechanism that have been noted and will properly be replaced prior to the gear down ferry to the maintenance facility.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A BEECHCRAFT 35 HAS A L LNDG GEAR COLLAPSE ON TKOF BUT THE PLT WAS ABLE TO GET AIRBORNE, MANUALLY LOWER THE GEAR AND RETURN TO LAND EVEN THOUGH THE PROP HAD MADE GND CONTACT.
Narrative: ON TKOF ROLL AT APPROX 65 MPH, THE L SIDE MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED OR STARTED TO RETRACT. THE L WING STARTED TO DROP. I IMMEDIATELY PITCHED THE NOSE UP AND HEARD A SCRAPING SOUND. I THOUGHT I HAD SCRAPED THE L WINGTIP AND THE TAIL ON THE PAVEMENT DURING ROTATION. I GOT AIRBORNE, PUT THE GEAR SWITCH IN THE UP POS AND NOTICED THE CLB PERFORMANCE WAS POOR. I CALLED THE LCL TFC TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WAS STAYING IN THE PATTERN AND COMING AROUND TO LAND. THE CLB RATE WAS SLOW, SO I LEFT THE PATTERN TO GAIN ALT. I PUT THE GEAR SWITCH INTO THE DOWN POS, BUT THE LNDG GEAR WOULD NOT LOWER. I FOUND THE CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR THE LNDG GEAR HAD TRIPPED AND WOULD NOT RESET. I MANUALLY EXTENDED THE LNDG GEAR, BUT COULD ONLY GET 40 TURNS DOWN. (IT IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE 50 TURNS.) I CALLED THE LCL FBO AND ASKED HIM TO VISUALLY CHK THAT MY LNDG GEAR WAS FULLY EXTENDED AS I FLEW OVER THE ARPT. HE SAID THAT HE COULDN'T TELL FOR SURE, BUT THOUGHT IT APPEARED TO BE IN THE CORRECT POS. I CIRCLED THE ARPT AND SECURED THE ENG WHEN ASSURED OF MAKING THE RWY. AT THAT POINT I MADE A NORMAL SOFT FIELD LNDG. THE LNDG GEAR STAYED LOCKED IN PLACE AS I COASTED TO A STOP. I HAD THE ACFT TOWED TO THE HANGAR. I FOUND THAT I HADN'T SCRAPED THE L WINGTIP, BUT THE PROP HAD STRUCK AND BENT THE TIP AND THE REAR TIE-DOWN HOOK HAD STRUCK THE PAVEMENT. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE PROP HAS BEEN SENT FOR REPAIR BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETED. ONCE IT IS REINSTALLED AND THE ENG MADE AIRWORTHY THE PLAN IS TO FLY THE ACFT TO A NEARBY ARPT TO DO WORK ON THE LNDG GEAR. AT THIS POINT THERE ARE BENT RODS IN THE GEAR MECHANISM THAT HAVE BEEN NOTED AND WILL PROPERLY BE REPLACED PRIOR TO THE GEAR DOWN FERRY TO THE MAINT FACILITY.
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.