Monday, January 22, 2018

Titan T-51 Mustang, G-DHYS: Accident occurred May 31, 2017 at Gloucestershire Airport, UK

Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation to Titan T-51 Mustang, G-DHYS:

Main landing gear collapse, Gloucestershire Airport, Gloucestershire, May 31, 2017:

The pilot of this three-quarter size replica of an American Second World War fighter plane walked away unscathed after the landing gear collapsed when it landed in Gloucestershire.

The Titan T-51 Mustang was landing at Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton between Cheltenham and Gloucester when metal components buckled and it skidded to a halt with the propeller and a wing touching the ground, an accident report has revealed.

"Following a local flight in good weather conditions, with light winds, the pilot landed the aircraft normally on Runway 27," the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report, released recently, says.

"As the aircraft slowed to approximately 10-15 mph at the end of the landing roll the pilot gently applied the brakes, but as he did so the aircraft yawed to the left which he could not control using right rudder and right brake.

"The pilot reported that the wings remained level as the aircraft yawed to the left. The weight transferred to the right main landing gear leg, which collapsed inwards, causing the propeller and right wingtip to contact the runway as the aircraft came to a stop."

Links in the main landing gear had buckled, investigators found, and the manufacturer said in four other cases, those links had not been adjusted properly.

But the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said it was not possible to determine whether the right main landing gear torque links failed before or after the right main landing leg collapsed.

In conclusion the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said: The aircraft’s right MLG leg collapsed during the latter stages of a normal landing rollout, whilst the aircraft was travelling at low speed. Inspection of the damaged MLG components did not positively identify the cause of the right MLG leg collapse."

A modification for strengthened MLG components for has been suggested.

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