AAIB investigation to Piper J3C-65 Cub, G-BDHK
- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 10 November 2016
- Date of occurrence:
- 14 August 2016
- Aircraft category:
- General aviation - fixed wing
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Piper J3C-65 Cub
- Eastbach Airfield, near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Undercarriage collapsed on landing, Eastbach Airfield, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, 14 August 2016.
After a local flight, the pilot returned to Eastbach Airfield, with which he was familiar as the aircraft was based there. He joined overhead for a left-hand circuit to land on Runway 06, a 340 m grass runway with an upslope and, as noted on airfield documentation, a bump inset some 100 m from the threshold. He observed that the windsock indicated no significant wind and configured the aircraft for a normal landing. On final approach, he realised that he was low and added power, aiming to touch down just after the numbers. However, upon touchdown the undercarriage immediately collapsed. He was able to vacate the aircraft without assistance and sustained no injury.
In an open and honest discussion with the AAIB, the pilot considered that his positive landing may have contributed to the accident.
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Published: 10 November 2016
Date of occurrence: 14 August 2016