Preliminary Report: King Air Gear Hangs Up

 - September 22, 2006, 4:52 AM

Raytheon Beech King Air C90A, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 15, 2006–The right main landing gear of the Ulair Aviation King Air collapsed during the landing roll at Tampa International Airport. The airplane was substantially damaged but the ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.

Approaching Tampa, the pilot said that he lowered the gear handle and kept his hand on the handle while waiting for three green lights. The left main and the nose landing gear had down-and-locked green lights but the red lights in the handle were still on and no green light appeared for the right gear. He pressed to test the light for the right gear and it came on. He told the controller he had an unsafe gear indication and was going around.

He climbed to 1,600 feet and retracted the gear. When he tried to lower it again he got the same indications. He contacted the Raytheon service center at Tampa airport and was advised there was no specific checklist for his problem. He decided not to try to extend the gear manually. He flew by the tower and the controller and a Raytheon employee both said they thought the gear was down. He returned for landing and touched down with full flaps at approximately 85 knots 1,500 to 1,700 feet down the runway. Lowering the nose, he brought the power to ground idle and did not brake.

On the runway, with the airplane on jacks, the right gear could not be extended with battery power and was initially difficult to extend manually. Later, the gear extended fully and retracted normally.