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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 20 augustus 1982
Tijd:14:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air Midwest
Registratie: N237AM
Constructienummer: TC-332
Bouwjaar:
Aantal vlieguren:4840
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 10
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT/KICT), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Topeka-Philip Billard Airport, KS (TOP/KTOP), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
During the approach to Topeka Airport the crew was unable to extend the left gear. The crew diverted to Kansas City, and after many unsuccessful attempts to lower the left gear elected to land wheels-up. The left main gear was jammed into the gear doors. The aft hinge bolt was missing from the left inboard gear door, allowing the gear door to shift just enough to jam the gear as it started to extend. 17 days prior to the accident the loose aft hinge was noted during preflight. Company maintenance was unable to retorque the bolt due to the nut plate attachment rivets being stripped. This item was being carried as a delayed discrepancy. These parts can only be lubricated before installation. The entire assembly is almost impossible to inspect, remove, lubricate, install, torque and safety replacement of the nut plate is considered a major undertaking the manufacturer stated that "short cycling" the gear as many as 18 times would eventually break open the gear doors. This emergency method of extending the gear had not been disseminated to all operators.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
landing gear,normal retraction/extension assembly..jammed
landing gear,main gear..movement restricted
door,landing gear..assembly
door,landing gear..loose
door,landing gear..disconnected
maintenance,replacement..not performed..company maintenance personnel

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
acft/equip,inadequate airframe..manufacturer
information insufficient..manufacturer

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: MKC82FA149
Download report: Summary report

Bronnen:
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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS en Topeka-Philip Billard Airport, KS bedraagt 222 km (139 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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