Ikarus C42 FB100, G-HIJN
Whilst carrying out a training flight in the Ince Blundell Airfield circuit, the instructor was informed by personnel on the ground that the left main landing gear structure appeared to have failed. After completing a low pass, the ground personnel confirmed the failure so the instructor declared a PAN and diverted to RAF Woodvale, where a successful landing was carried out. Examination of the aircraft confirmed that the left main landing gear axle had failed due to a previously unidentified crack, which had propagated in fatigue. The aircraft was used primarily for training from grass runways which, the owner believed, contributed to the crack formation and growth.
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