ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan G-BZAH Netheravon Airport
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 21 February 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Army Parachute Association
Registration: G-BZAH
MSN: 208B0811
First flight: 2000
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Netheravon Airport (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Netheravon Airport (EGDN), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Netheravon Airport (EGDN), United Kingdom
The pilot reported that during the landing roll, following a normal landing, he heard a loud bang, after which the aircraft nose appeared to be lower than normal. He stopped the aircraft and shut it down to carry out an inspection. This identified that the nose landing gear drag link spring had failed.
A detailed analysis of the failed part, carried out on behalf of the operator, indicated that the failure was most likely due to damage to the protective coating which had allowed the high-strength steel material to be exposed to moisture. A corrosion fatigue mechanism then led to the crack which resulted in the failure.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAIB (U.K.)
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 141 days (5 months)
Accident number: EW/G2018/02/11
Download report: Final report


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