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N244S accident description

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Crash location 35.998611°N, 89.406111°W
Nearest city Dyersburg, TN
36.034516°N, 89.385628°W
2.7 miles away
Tail number N244S
Accident date 27 Mar 2003
Aircraft type Cessna 310
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On March 27, 2003 at 1008 central standard time, a Cessna 310, N244S, registered to and operated by a private pilot, right main landing gear collapsed during an attempted landing on runway 22 at Dyersburg Municipal Airport, Dyersburg Tennessee. The personal flight was operated under the provision of Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual weather conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The airplane sustained minor damage, and there were no injuries to the pilot or two passengers. The flight originated from Johnson City Airport, Johnson City, Tennessee, at 0900 on March 27, 2003.

The purpose of the personal flight was undetermined. According to the pilot, upon touchdown he felt the right main gear unlock. On the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right as the landing gear slowly started to collapse. Efforts by the pilot to remain on the runway failed. The plane veered off the right side of runway 22, and into the mud. The pilot stated that it was approximately 175 yards after the touchdown point when the right main landing gear collapsed.

The pilot did not report the airplane having any mechanical problems before and during the flight. Examination of the airplane revealed the right main gear collapsed. According to the repair facility, Tennessee Aircraft Services, the airplane was in storage for 10 years, and no maintenance records were available for the airframe repairs. The pilot also failed to respond to written requests for post-accident information.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing roll. A factor was muddy terrain conditions.

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