Piper PA-23-250 Aztec, G-BATN
On the third of three planned landings the nose landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a halt on its nose. The investigation revealed that a lack of lubrication on the link plate attachments that secure the downlock actuator to the downlock link is likely to have caused a restriction and prevented the complete engagement of the downlock. The pilot was unaware that the downlock had not engaged completely.
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