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Letov LK-2M Sluka, G-MZOT

Date of occurrence: 06 August 2006

Summary:
Whilst on a flight from Bucknall to North Coates, the aircraft was nearing its destination when the pilot transmitted a radio call indicating that he had an elevator control problem. He attempted an immediate approach to the airfield, but, as he was too high, carried out an orbit before making a second approach. On short finals, at a height of around 150 feet agl, the aircraft was seen to suddenly pitch nose down and impact the ground in a near-vertical attitude. The investigation revealed that a nut and bolt attaching the tailplane bracing wires to the fin had come undone, resulting in what was effectively a structural failure of the tailplane.

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Report name:
Letov LK-2M Sluka, G-MZOT
Registration:
G-MZOT
Type:
Letov LK-2M Sluka
Location:
On the edge of North Coates Airfield, Lincolnshire
Date of occurrence:
06 August 2006
Category:
Sport Aviation/Balloons
Summary:
Whilst on a flight from Bucknall to North Coates, the aircraft was nearing its destination when the pilot transmitted a radio call indicating that he had an elevator control problem. He attempted an immediate approach to the airfield, but, as he was too high, carried out an orbit before making a second approach. On short finals, at a height of around 150 feet agl, the aircraft was seen to suddenly pitch nose down and impact the ground in a near-vertical attitude. The investigation revealed that a nut and bolt attaching the tailplane bracing wires to the fin had come undone, resulting in what was effectively a structural failure of the tailplane.
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