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For some odd reason, I was browsing through the NTSB databases when I discovered one of N185FK's sister ships, N5246E, has been involved in no less than 5 separate accidents reported to the NTSB!
August 08, 1990
Right MLG broke at axle due to fatigue cracks.
March 04, 1996
"The pilot landed the ski-equipped airplane on a rough and uneven frozen lake, and the left main landing gear collapsed. Inspection showed that the gear failure was consistent with overload forces."
August 04, 1996
Mid-air collision with helicopter knocked off tailwheel.
August 09, 1997
"As the tundra tire equipped airplane slowed to 25 knots during the landing roll on a gravel strip, the left main landing gear leg separated at the wheel attachment bolt holes. The airplane ground looped, and both wingtips were damaged. Metallurgical examination revealed multiple fatigue cracks originating from the bolt holes. The airplane had been used extensively for off-airport landings, both on wheels and skis."
June 09, 2003
"The pilot of the wheel ski-equipped airplane was attempting to takeoff down-slope from a remote mountain glacier airstrip for an air taxi sightseeing flight . The pilot reported that the snow on the runway was fresh and wet, which slowed the airplane's acceleration. He said he elected to abort the takeoff because of the airplane's slow acceleration and low airspeed. Following the aborted takeoff, he initiated a left turn to return to the top of the airstrip for another takeoff attempt. As the airplane turned, the pilot said it felt like the right main landing gear wheel ski encountered a soft spot or sink hole, and sank deeper into the snow. As soon the as the ski sank, the airplane nosed over. The airplane received structural damage to the fuselage and right wing."
Do you know of any other aircraft involved in as many reported incidents? I limited this to CIVIL aircraft because I know it has happened many times with military A/C.