The pilot was landing his aircraft at an airfield which he had flown into on numerous previous occasions and after an apparently normal touchdown, the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft then slid along the ground on its underside for several metres before coming to stop. The pilot made the aircraft safe and vacated the cockpit unaided. The aircraft sustained damage to its underside, lower cowling and propeller. The landing gear collapse was due to breakage of the centre re-enforcing bracket in the landing gear attachment, caused by a failure in a welded joint.
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Published 8 February 2018