ASN Aircraft accident Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2 G-AMAG Manston Airport (MSE)
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Date:Monday 30 September 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic amba model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
Operator:Dan-Air Services
Registration: G-AMAG
MSN: 5229
First flight: 1953
Engines: 2 Bristol Centaurus 661
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Manston Airport (MSE) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
After a touch-and-go landing at Gatwick Airport, the right main gear didn't lock up. The gear was recycled and the pilot then checked the gear visually and the gear appeared to be fully retracted. On gear extension for the next landing, the right main gear warning light remained on. The gear was recycled several times, but without success. Other attempts (high g turns, using the hand pump, and touching the runway) also failed. It was then decided to make a wheels-up landing on a foam carpet at Manston.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The starboard undercarriage pin had fractured and fallen out of its housing. This permitted the assembly to drop under its own weight and, as a result it was mechanically impossible for the up-lock catch to disengage from the pin on the undercarriage leg.


photo of Airspeed-AS-57-Ambassador-2-G-AMAG
accident date: 30-09-1968
type: Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
registration: G-AMAG
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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