Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, G-BEVG
Following a normal touchdown with ‘three greens’ indicating that the landing gear was locked down, the nose landing gear (NLG) collapsed, causing both propellers and the aircraft’s nose structure to contact the ground. No technical cause was determined for the collapse, although the NLG mechanism reportedly exhibited evidence of wear and a lack of recent lubrication. The aircraft had made approximately 45 flights since an Annual inspection where a pivot bolt, which reportedly exhibited signs of wear, was recorded as having been changed in accordance with a FAA Airworthiness Directive AD No. 2005-13-16.
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, G-BEVG 06-08.pdf (338.22 kb)
Date of occurrence: 12 December 2007