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FAA Accident and Incident Reporting System (AIDS)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Data Source ACCIDENT AND INCIDENT DATABASE
Report Number 20160616006289I
Local Date 16-JUN-16
City WESTMORELAND
State TN
Event Type INCIDENT
Mid Air Collision NOT A MIDAIR

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft Damage MINOR
Aircraft Make MAULE
Aircraft Model M-7
Aircraft Series M-7-235B
Airframe Hrs 956
Type of Operation GENERAL OPERATING RULES
Registration Nbr 4253A
Total Aboard 2
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Engine Make LYCOMI
Engine Model 0-540 SERIES

Environmental/Operations Info

Pilot In Command

Event Remarks

AFTER TAKE-OFF FROM KSUS PILOT WAS NOTIFIED THAT HIS TAIL LANDING GEAR TIRE, TUBE AND OUTBOARD WHEEL HALF HAD DEPARTED THE AIRCRAFT DURING TAKE-OFF AND WAS FOUND ON THE RUNWAY AT KSUS. PILOT CONTINUED TO DESTINATION AND LANDED SAFELY AT A PRIVATE GRASS STRIP LOCATED AT 5232 KING ROBERT LANE, WESTMORELAND, TENNESSEE. PILOT ONLY NOTED MINOR EXTRA DRAG WHILE LANDING AND TAXING TO HIS HANGER. UPON POST FLIGHT INSPECTION IT WAS FOUND THE TAIL LANDING GEAR TIRE, TUBE AND OUTBOARD WHEEL HALF WERE MISSING. THE INBOARD WHEEL HALF WAS STILL ON THE TAIL LANDING GEAR AXLE. DURING THE INSPECTION CONDUCTED BY THE AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTOR IT WAS FOUND THE BOLTS HOLDING THE WHEEL HALVES TOGETHER HAD PULLED OUT OF THE THREADS. SINCE THE TAIL LANDING GEAR HAD A HUB CAP INSTALLED THERE IS NO WAY TO DETERMINE HOW LONG A CONDITION EXISTED PRIOR TO THE WHEEL HALVES COMING APART. THE LAST MAINTENANCE CONDUCTED ON THE TAIL LANDING GEAR WAS ACCOMPLISHED AT THE MOST RECENT ANNUAL INSPECTION COMPLETED ON OCTOBER 1, 2015.

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