Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, G-TALF
The aircraft suffered an electrical problem shortly after take off and the pilot decided to return to the airfield. When he selected the landing gear down, all of the electrical power was lost. He did not have any indications to confirm that the landing gear was fully down, so he operated the emergency lowering mechanism. Believing that the landing gear was now down and locked he attempted a landing, but during the subsequent ground roll the landing gear collapsed. The investigation established that the electric motor was still connected to the gear operating mechanism, and that this prevented the landing gear from being fully lowered.
Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, G-TALF 07-08.pdf (248.64 kb)
Date of occurrence: 12 January 2008