Preliminary Accident Reports

September 1999 Issue

June 13, Springdale, Ark. / Cessna 414 Chancellor

At 13:05 CDT, a Cessna 414 was substantially damaged when its gear collapsed at the Springdale Municipal Airport. The three occupants were not injured. The pilot told investigators he heard a “small bump” as the aircraft lifted off the runway at Springdale, but that it didn’t concern him. When he cycled the landing gear up, however, there was a “loud bang as the gear locked in the up position.” He continued to Danville as planned but, during the approach, the right main gear green light did not illuminate. When he cycled the landing gear there was another loud bang. He contacted Memphis Center and advised them of his situation. Memphis requested that he fly by the Fayetteville control tower...

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