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N3383E accident description

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Crash location 42.271111°N, 84.963333°W
Nearest city Marshall, MI
42.272264°N, 84.963315°W
0.1 miles away
Tail number N3383E
Accident date 05 Sep 2009
Aircraft type Aeronca 11AC
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On September 5, 2009, at 1315 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 11AC, N3383E, nosed over while landing in a grass field in Marshall, Michigan, following a failure of the right main landing gear during the previous takeoff. The pilot was not injured and the airplane received substantial damage to the right wing and rudder. The personal flight was being conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from the Brooks Airport (RMY), Marshall, Michigan, at 1300.

The pilot reported that after liftoff he heard a "thump" and someone on the ground radioed him saying that his right landing gear looked "crooked." The pilot stated that because his aircraft battery was low he could not transmit over the radio. He decided to make an off airport landing in a field instead of trying to land at the busy airport which he just departed. The right main landing gear collapsed during the landing and the airplane nosed over.

Inspection of the airplane revealed the right main landing gear oleo strut attachment fitting failed allowing the landing gear to collapse. The last annual inspection on the airplane was dated August 7, 2000. The pilot reported that an annual inspection may have detected the failure.

NTSB Probable Cause

The failure of the main landing gear attach point.

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