AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-AVSB

Runway excursion resulting in the nose landing gear collapsing, Cumbernauld Airport, North Lanarkshire, 19 October 2016.


The aircraft touched down on Runway 26 and, during the landing roll, the pilot retracted the flaps and applied toe-brakes, intending to come to a complete stop. However, the aircraft “swerved” to the left and departed the paved surface. The pilot then applied power, with the intention of becoming airborne, in an attempt to reposition the aircraft towards the runway. However, the aircraft’s nose landing gear collapsed and it came to a stop off the runway surface. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

The pilot subsequently commented that he may have applied asymmetric braking when attempting to stop on the runway.

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Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-AVSB 03-17

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Published 9 March 2017