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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246747
Last updated: 14 January 2021
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Date:17-SEP-2020
Time:15:30 UTC
Type:Mainair Blade 912
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BZNS
C/n / msn: 1263-1000-7-W1057
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Athey’s Moor Airfield, Longframlington, Northumberland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Private
Departure airport:East Fortune Airfield, North Berwick, East Lothian
Destination airport:Athey’s Moor Airfield, Longframlington, Northumberland.
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
AAIB investigation to Mainair Blade 912, G-BZNS: Landing gear collapsed while taxiing, Athey's Moor airfield, Longframlington, Northumberland, 17 September 2020. The Final AAIB report into the incident was published on 14 January 2021, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"After returning from a visit to East Fortune Airfield in Scotland, the pilot landed on Runway 14 without incident. He backtracked along the runway towards the airfield hangar. As he cleared the runway, travelling at approximately 5 mph, the right main landing gear collapsed. The landing gear rotated rearwards into the arc of the rotating propeller which partially sliced through the landing gear struts and spat.

Visual inspection revealed the right drag link bar ear connection to the fuselage pod had failed. Cracks were also found on the left drag link bar ear connection. The front drag link assembly is designed to allow movement of the rear suspension around the mounting bolt and to enable changes in the landing gear geometry when the trike unit is folded. Checking the security of drag links is a pre-flight check in Section 6 of the Mainair Blade 912 aircraft manual.

A BMAA article by Roger Pattrick (2020) ‘Now see ear’, Microlight Flying, December 2020 briefly describes this incident and reminds owners to check the drag link connections carefully during their pre-flight checks".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the Above AAIB report the airframe was "Damaged beyond economic repair".

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5fd8b0e48fa8f54d6480f569/Mainair_Blade_912_G-BZNS_01-21.pdf
2. Microlight Flying Magazine December 2020: http://www.microlightflying.org.uk/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jan-2021 17:21 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jan-2021 20:39 harro Updated [Operator, Accident report]

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