The pilot reported a “jolt” during the takeoff roll and was subsequently unable to obtain a safe landing gear configuration when he arrived at his destination. He diverted to an airfield with a grass runway and emergency services and the landing gear collapsed on touchdown. Examination of the right main landing gear identified a structural failure and there was evidence that a crack had been progressing for some time.
The Light Aircraft Association is reviewing the landing gear maintenance procedures and inspection requirements for this aircraft type.
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