Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2010 Issue

November 5, 2009, Ft Pierce, Fla., Grumman Aircraft Eng. Corp. G-111

At about 1534 Eastern time,the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing while attempting to return to the departure airport. Day visual conditions. The two pilots and one additional crew member received minor injures. The captain subsequently reported that, during initial climb, he commanded the gear to be retracted. Shortly after the gear handle was placed in the "UP" position, he heard a loud "bang followed by three to four smaller bangs."

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