SAN Jodel DR1050 Ambassadeur, D-EAKM
The aircraft was on approach to Runway 08 at Kemble with a direct crosswind from the right of 15 kt. The aircraft touched down on all three wheels simultaneously and rolled normally for a distance of 200 to 250 metres. During the deceleration the pilot felt the tail wheel starting to vibrate and shimmy, then the aircraft began to turn right into the wind. The pilot applied full left rudder and brakes but was not able to arrest the turn. Prior to reaching the runway edge both main landing gear legs collapsed. In an honest report the pilot stated that he applied the rudder too late to stop the turn and he should have tried to stop the tailwheel shimmy. Contributory factors were the strong crosswind and weak brakes which were out of adjustment.
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