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Pitts S-1C Special, G-BUWJ

Date of occurrence: 02 October 2011

Summary:
During the approach to Runway 18 at the grass airfield the pilot experienced some sink near the threshold. He added some power to arrest the descent and reported that the aircraft “settled onto the runway positively”. After an apparently normal ground roll of about 180 m the pilot applied light braking which resulted in the landing gear collapsing and the propeller striking the ground. The pilot later determined that he had touched down at the edge of the runway threshold separating the runway from a crop field and this had damaged the landing gear. He considered that it would have been better to have initiated a go-around at the initial indication of sink.

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Report name:
Pitts S-1C Special, G-BUWJ
Registration:
G-BUWJ
Type:
Pitts S-1C Special
Location:
Lower Upham Farm, Swindon, Wiltshire
Date of occurrence:
02 October 2011
Category:
General Aviation - Fixed Wing
Summary:
During the approach to Runway 18 at the grass airfield the pilot experienced some sink near the threshold. He added some power to arrest the descent and reported that the aircraft “settled onto the runway positively”. After an apparently normal ground roll of about 180 m the pilot applied light braking which resulted in the landing gear collapsing and the propeller striking the ground. The pilot later determined that he had touched down at the edge of the runway threshold separating the runway from a crop field and this had damaged the landing gear. He considered that it would have been better to have initiated a go-around at the initial indication of sink.
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