Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Camarillo Airport

Camarillo, California 93010
Sunday, October 12, 2003 12:05 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The left main landing gear strut collapsed on landing and the airplane departed the runway to the left. While airborne, prior to landing, the pilot heard a "clank" sound and thought it was unusual. When he lowered the landing gear he got an unsafe indication for the left main strut. The pilot decided to return to the airport he departed from. After troubleshooting and circling the airport, the pilot decided to make a landing attempt with the gear down. The post accident examination of the landing gear strut actuator body revealed numerous fractures and signs consistent with an overload event. A Service Bulletin (SB) had been issued by the manufacturer directing landing gear actuator rework and inspection for cracks (in the location of the failures on the accident actuator) at 3,000 hours total time, and at each 500 hour interval thereafter. The SB advised that failure to comply could result in failure of the actuator. Examination of the airplane's maintenance logbooks did not show compliance with the subject SB. The airframe had accumulated a total time in service of 7,171 hours.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The fracture and failure of the left landing gear actuator. Contributing to the accident was the operator's failure to comply with the manufacturer's service bulletin.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/12/2003 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1205 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityCamarillo 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site93010 
Event Date Year2003 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude341250N 
Event Location Longitude1190540W 
Event Location AirportCamarillo 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDKCMA 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation75 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1855 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDKCMA 
Elevation of weather observation facility75 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)25 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)16 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind IndicatorVariable 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.97 
Density Altitude (feet)1234 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)17319 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateOct 12 2003 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1230 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordFeb 24 2005 9:13AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeWP-VNY-FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN6543V 
NTSB NumberLAX04LA011 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model172RG 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberRG0766 
Certified Max Gross Weight2650 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection100 Hour 
Date of Last InspectionSep 17 2003 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection23 
Airframe Hours7171 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameChannel Islands Aviaiton 
Aircraft Owner Street Address305 Durkey Ave 
Aircraft Owner CityCamarillo 
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode93010 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeKCMA 
Departure CityCamarillo 
Departure StateCA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1100 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeKSBA 
Destination CitySanta Barbara 
Destination StateCA 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to record-- 
User who most recently changed record-- 
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location26 
Runway Length6010 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--