Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, G-GUYS
The aircraft was taking off on a short flight to Gamston airfield. At about the point of rotation the pilot stated that all three landing gears started to retract and the aircraft settled onto its belly. After coming to a halt, the pilot evacuated the aircraft and noticed a small fire had developed under the left wing trailing edge. This was extinguished by the airfield fire service who rapidly deployed to the scene. Examination of the aircraft showed that all three landing gears were up and locked, with no scuffing apparent on the doors or tyres. The damage to the propeller tips was consistent with them striking the runway under low power. The pilot stated that he either accidentally caught the landing gear selector or there had been “a mechanical problem”. No electrical or mechanical defects were found after investigation.
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, G-GUYS 11-2010.pdf (229.53 kb)
Date of occurrence: 16 March 2010