Monday, December 14, 2015

Cessna 310Q, NW Aviation Group LLC, N7675Q: Accident occurred December 13, 2015 at McCollum Field/Cobb County International Airport (KRYY), Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia

NW AVIATION GROUP LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N7675Q

FAA Flight Standards District Office:   FAA Atlanta FSDO-11


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA073
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 13, 2015 in Kennesaw, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N7675Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot was landing the airplane after conducting a local flight. He reported that, during the landing roll, after a normal touchdown on the concrete runway, the left main landing gear (MLG) collapsed. The airplane then veered left off of the runway onto grass. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left horizontal stabilizer, and the bottom fuselage near the tail section. 

Examination of the airplane revealed that the left MLG down-lock bellcrank was fractured and had separated from its trunnion. The bellcrank bolt was sheared at the bolt head, consistent with overload. The upper end of the bellcrank remained attached to the outboard push-pull tube. The lower end of the bellcrank that attached to the rod end fitting at the lower side link was broken, consistent with a ductile tension failure. The fracture location was consistent with additional stress that would have been placed on the bellcrank if the landing gear had not been properly rigged. However, the damage to the landing gear precluded the ability to functionally check the gear or verify whether the landing gear system was properly rigged.

According to the airplane service manual, during each annual inspection, the landing gear's down-lock tension is to be checked. Review of the airplane's maintenance logbooks revealed that the last annual inspection was completed 1 year before the accident and that the airplane had been operated for 16 hours since that inspection. The maintenance logbook entries did not indicate that the landing gear system was checked during the inspection.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Inadequate inspection and rigging of the landing gear system, which resulted in the subsequent failure and collapse of the left main landing gear during landing.

On December 13, 2015, about 1633 eastern standard time, a Cessna 310Q, N7675Q, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged following a collapse of the left landing gear during landing roll at Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field, Kennesaw, Georgia. The private pilot and a passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

According to the pilot, he was cleared to land on runway 27, a 6,200 foot-long, by 100 foot-wide, concrete runway. He lowered the landing gear on downwind leg and observed three green indicator lights. After touchdown and during the landing rollout, the gear warning light illuminated and horn activated twice. The airplane continued to decelerate and was three quarters the way down runway 27, at a speed of around 35 knots, when the left landing gear collapsed. It then swerved to the left, departed the runway, and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained damage to the left wing, left horizontal stabilizer, and the bottom of the fuselage near the tail section, left elevator, and left aileron was bent. 

Examination of the airplane by an Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear down lock bellcrank was fractured and had separated from its respective trunnion. The bellcrank bolt was sheared at the bolt head consistent with overload. The trunnion forward attach point for the bellcrank was broken and not recovered. The upper end of the bellcrank remained attached to the outboard push-pull tube. The lower end of the bellcrank, which attached to the rod end fitting at the lower side link was broken consistent with a ductile tension failure. 

Damage to the landing gear precluded the ability to functionally check or verify the landing gear system rigging. According to a representative from Cessna, the fracture location would be consistent with the additional stresses that would have been placed on the bellcrank with the landing gear having not been properly rigged. During an annual inspection, the down lock tension check is to be performed to verify the landing gear is adjusted correctly and locks in the down position. 

Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane had been operated for about 16 hours since its most recent annual inspection, which was performed on December 1, 2014. The maintenance log book records do not reflect that the landing gear system was checked.

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA073 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 13, 2015 in Kennesaw, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N7675Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On December 13, 2015, about 1633 eastern standard time, a Cessna 310Q, N7675Q, operated by private individual, was substantially damaged following a landing gear collapse during landing at Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field, Kennesaw, Georgia. The private pilot and a passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.


According to the pilot, he was cleared to land on runway 27. He lowered the landing gear on downwind leg and observed three green indicator lights. After touchdown and during the landing rollout, the gear warning light illuminated and the horn activated twice. The airplane continued to decelerate and was three quarters the way down runway 27, at a speed of around 35 knots, when the left landing gear collapsed. It then swerved to the left, departed the runway, and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained damage to left wing, left horizontal stabilizer, and the bottom of the airplane near the tail section. The left elevator and left aileron were bent.


Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear down lock bellcrank was fractured and had separated from its respective trunnion. The airplane will be examined further at a later date.


Initial review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane had been operated for 15.7 hours since its most recent annual inspection, which was performed on December 1, 2014.




COBB COUNTY, Ga. —  A small plane had a landing gear break during takeoff at the McCollum-Kennesaw Airport Saturday, according to Cobb County Fire.

Cobb County firefighters are assisting the mechanic with lifting the plane with air bags so it can be repaired and the plane moved.  

No injuries have been reported at this time.

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