Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, G-AVWO
The aircraft landed heavily at Shoreham following a night flight from Biggin Hill. During the subsequent return flight, the landing gear would not lock into the UP position. The pilot continued the flight with the gear down and made an uneventful landing. A subsequent inspection revealed damage to the left wing upper surface and to the gear itself. The pilot attributed the heavy landing to a false height perception due to the relatively narrow width of the runway at Shoreham.
Date of occurrence: 14 November 2013