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Region Pilot Certificate Pilot Injuries Passenger Injuries Type of Flight Launch Method Type of Aircraft
East CFI None None Local Aero Tow Cirrus
Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
Flight Minor 1992-09-19 0800-1000 Clear Yes
Incident Description Takeoff roll at this airport normally involved transitioning from grass to pavement and back to grass (crossing a taxiway). Upon the first transition - grass to pavement - the gear collapsed. Minor damage to gear doors, gear was inspected on-site by a mechanic, and returned to service same day. Cosmetic repairs to doors and gelcoat performed later.
Other Comments Apparently the gear locking mechanism became dislodged at the very minor bump, possibly (but never clearly established) because the locking mechanism, difficult to assess from the cockpit, in this particular model was not completely in place. More careful preflight after assembly is complete could probably have prevented this incident.

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