Morane Saulnier Rallye 180T Galerien, G-BTOW
Towards the end of G-BTOW’s landing run, its nose gear collapsed, the propeller hit the ground and the nose leg folded back under the fuselage. The fitting at the top end of the nose landing gear oleo had failed leaving the nose gear free to rotate backwards. The failure was caused by the growth of fatigue cracks weakening the fitting’s attachment lugs which failed on this flight due to overload.
Published 10 December 2014