AAIB investigation to Pietenpol Air Camper, G-OHAL
Heavy landing leading to landing gear collapse, Shenington Airfield, 25 July 2014.
During the final stages of the approach to land, despite the pilot’s actions, the aircraft did not enter the flare which resulted in a heavy landing and caused the landing gear to collapse. This was probably the result of a combination of a higher than normal rate of descent, low airspeed and a lack of elevator effectiveness as the aircraft was operating at its forward Centre of Gravity (C of G) limit.
Published: 14 May 2015
Date of occurrence: 25 July 2014