5.4 Accident Reporting - Scenario 1 You are an A&P mechanic...

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Scenario 1 You are an A&P mechanic and commercial pilot performing a maintenance flight check on a low-wing single-engine aircraft before approving it for return to service following a repair. Returning to the uncontrolled airport for landing, you place the landing gear switch in the DOWN position to lower the landing gear. The three green lights that confirm the gear is down and locked fail to illuminate. None of the landing gear is visible from the cabin. You recycle the gear and try several maneuvers to force it down, but the lights still don’t come on. You make a low approach and the shadow of the aircraft on the ground looks like the gear is down, so you go ahead and land. On landing, the unlocked nose gear collapses, damaging the propeller, engine crankshaft, and cowling. Are you required to report the mishap to the FAA? Are you required to report the mishap to the NTSB? Explain.

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