Bolkow BO 208C Junior, G-ATXZ
After conducting a short local flight the pilot flew the aircraft back to the departure airfield to carry out some ‘touch-and-go’ landings. During the climb out from the second takeoff, following a normal touchdown and landing roll, the nose landing gear fell away from the aircraft. A metallurgical examination revealed fatigue crack growth in the nose landing gear outer tube. It was not possible to establish the length of time that the fatigue cracking had been present prior to the final failure. The nose landing gear had been fitted to the aircraft as a replacement item some 51½ airframe hours prior to this accident.
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