Percival P10 Vega Gull, G-AEZJ
After takeoff the pilot was informed that a tailwheel assembly had been found on the runway. A flypast of the control tower confirmed that the aircraft’s tailwheel was missing. The pilot subsequently made an uneventful landing. Examination of the aircraft revealed that the bolt attaching the tailwheel assembly to the fuselage was missing. The bolt is located behind a fairing in the rear fuselage and is therefore not visible during pre-flight checks. There is no requirement to carry out a scheduled inspection of the tailwheel mounting structure. As the bolt was not recovered, the reason for the failure could not be determined.
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