AAIB investigation to Spitfire IXT, G-LFIX

Landing gear collapse on landing, Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, 15 September 2016


The left landing gear collapsed on the landing roll despite the pilot having selected the landing gear down and confirmed indications that it was down and locked. The aircraft subsequently left the runway and came to rest on grass beside it. The pilot and passenger vacated the aircraft uninjured.

It was subsequently discovered that the left landing gear actuator seals had failed, preventing the actuator from achieving full extension.

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Spitfire IXT, G-LFIX 07-17

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Published 13 July 2017