Camarillo Airport
Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

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

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 Event Accident
Event Date 10/12/2003
Event Day of the Week Sunday
Time of Event 1205
Event Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
Event City Camarillo
Event Country --
Zipcode of the event site 93010
Event Date Year 2003
Event Date Month 10
MidAir Collision Indicator No
On Ground Collision occurred ? No
Event Location Latitude 341250N
Event Location Longitude 1190540W
Event Location Airport Camarillo
Event Location Nearest Airport ID KCMA
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airport On Airport
Distance from airport in statute miles --
Degrees magnetic from airport --
Airport Elevation 75
Weather Briefing Completeness Unknown
Investigator's weather source Weather Observation Facility
Time of the weather observation 1855 Pacific Standard Time
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees) 0
Weather Observation Facility ID KCMA
Elevation of weather observation facility 75
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?) 0
Time Zone of the weather observation PST
Lighting Conditions Day
Lowest Ceiling Height --
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height --
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions Clear
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling None
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 Indicator Variable
Wind Speed (knots) 6
Wind Velocity Indicator --
Wind Gust Indicator Not 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 Injury None
On Ground, Fatal Injuries --
On Ground, Minor Injuries --
On Ground, Serious Injuries --
Injury Total Fatal --
Injury Total Minor --
Injury Total None 2
Injury Total Serious --
Injury Total All --
Investigating Agency NTSB
NTSB Docket Number (internal use) 17319
NTSB Notification Source FAA
NTSB Notification Date Oct 12 2003 12:00AM
NTSB Notification Time 1230
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information DMS
Date of most recent change to record Feb 24 2005 9:13AM
User who most recently changed record NTSB\JOHB
Basic weather conditions Visual Meteorological Cond
FAA District Office WP-VNY-FSDO

Aircraft Involved

Aircraft #1

Aircraft Registration Number N6543V
NTSB Number LAX04LA011
Missing Aircraft Indicator --
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation
Type of Flight Plan filed None
Flight plan Was Activated? No
Damage Substantial
Aircraft Fire None
Aircraft Explosion None
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Cessna
Aircraft Model 172RG
Aircraft Series Identifier --
Aircraft Serial Number RG0766
Certified Max Gross Weight 2650
Aircraft Category Airplane
Aircraft Registration Class U.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 4
Number of Engines 1
Fixed gear or retractable gear Retractable
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection 100 Hour
Date of Last Inspection Sep 17 2003 12:00AM
Airframe hours since last inspection 23
Airframe Hours 7171
ELT Installed Yes
ELT Activated No
ELT Aided Location of Event Site No
ELT Type --
Aircraft Owner Name Channel Islands Aviaiton
Aircraft Owner Street Address 305 Durkey Ave
Aircraft Owner City Camarillo
Aircraft Owner State CA
Aircraft Owner Country USA
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 93010
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 certificate None
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 Board No
Departure Point Same as Event Yes
Departure Airport Code KCMA
Departure City Camarillo
Departure State CA
Departure Country USA
Departure Time 1100
Departure Time Zone PDT
Destination Same as Local Flt --
Destination Airport Code KSBA
Destination City Santa Barbara
Destination State CA
Destination Country USA
Specific Phase of Flight Landing
Report sent to ICAO? No
Evacuation occurred No
Date of most recent change to record --
User who most recently changed record --
Since inspection or accident Time of Accident
Event Location Runway Number and Location 26
Runway Length 6010
Runway Width 150
Sight Seeing flight No
Air Medical Flight No
Medical Flight --