Pioneer 300, G-CDPA
After takeoff from Orange Grove Airstrip, Gloucestershire, the pilot observed that the right main landing gear indication light was illuminated, which indicated that the landing gear had failed to retract fully. After cycling the landing gear several times, including the use of the manual extension/retraction system, the light remained illuminated. As a precaution, the pilot completed the remainder of the flight with the landing gear in the down position. On landing at Blisworth, after a normal touch down, the right main landing gear collapsed, followed by the left main and nose landing gear. The pilot was uninjured.
The pilot attributed the accident to a failure of landing gear locking mechanism which may have been damaged following a heavy landing which had occurred a few weeks earlier.
Pioneer 300 G-CDPA 01-13.pdf (174.08 kb)