AAIB investigation to Jodel D120 Paris-Nice, G-DIZO

Aircraft ground looped on landing and landing gear collapsed, Lee-on-Solent Airfield, Hampshire, 15 April 2017.


The aircraft bounced during landing on asphalt Runway 23 at Lee-on-Solent, with a crosswind from 310º that gusted to a recorded maximum of 13 kt. The second touchdown was a three-point touchdown but the pilot reported that a sudden gust of wind then caused the aircraft to ground loop to the right.

As the aircraft turned through 180º, the left main landing gear leg collapsed and the right main landing gear bent, before the aircraft came to rest on the left wing and the right main landing gear.

The pilot assessed that the bounced landing and the ground loop were caused by gusts of wind that were stronger than those he had anticipated. He noted that this type of aircraft can be prone to landing gear collapse when large side forces are encountered.

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Jodel D120 Paris-Nice, G-DIZO 09-17

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Published 14 September 2017