September 18, 2010, Denton, Texas, Cessna 320


The airplane was substantially damaged at approximately 1230 Central time when the nosegear folded on landing. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

Preliminary information indicates the pilot lowered the landing gear but did not get a gear-down-and-locked light. When viewed through the mirrors on the engine nacelles, it appeared the nose landing gear was not fully extended. After several unsuccessful attempts to get the nose landing gear locked in place, the airplane was landed and the nosegear collapsed. Post-accident inspection revealed the push-pull rod that goes through the main spar and connects to the nose gear had separated, damaging the spar.


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