AAIB investigation to Jodel DR1050, G-ARRE
Left landing gear collapse, Coventry Airport, 21 July 2014.
The aircraft approached Runway 23 at Coventry Airport with a reported wind of 10-12 kt from the north-west. The pilot reported allowing for crosswind but, at the point of touchdown, he was not aligned with the runway centreline. When on the ground, he attempted to correct by applying right rudder which caused a significant yaw to the right. The pilot was unable to correct this yaw which led to the collapse of the left landing gear. The aircraft slowed to a halt, resting on the left wing.
The uninjured pilot was wearing a lap and diagonal harness; he considered the cause to be an over-compensation of yaw using the rudder after touchdown.
Published: 16 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 21 July 2014