Beech B200 Super King Air, G-BYCP
After selecting the landing gear to UP after takeoff from Caen, the ‘gear unsafe’ light remained on. The flight crew established that the nose landing gear had neither retracted nor remained locked down and, despite recycling the gear and attempting to use of the emergency gear lowering system, the crew were unable to lock the leg down. On landing at Southend Airport, the nose leg collapsed, causing damage to the fuselage nose structure and the propeller blade tips. The investigation revealed that the nose gear actuator had been affected internally by corrosion, resulting from water ingress, which led to the failure of the threads within the actuation nut of the actuator. It had completed a total of 1,449 cycles of its 8,000 cycle life, but only 532 cycles since its last 1,000 cycle check.
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