AAIB investigation to Piper J3C-65 Cub, G-BDHK

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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Piper J3C-65 Cub, G-BDHK 11-16

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Published 10 November 2016