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Last updated: 22 June 2021
Date:Saturday 21 September 1963
Type:Vickers 651 Valetta C.1
Operator:The Decca Navigator Co Ltd
Registration: G-APKR
MSN: 338
First flight: 1949-07-17 (14 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
After a flight of some two hours, made for the purpose of testing radio navigation equipment, the aircraft returned to London-Gatwick Airport, U.K.. Before, and during, the flight, undercarriage operation was normal, as was the functioning of the undercarriage light and horn warning system. During the approach, the undercarriage extended normally, and the green lights indicated that it was locked down. Some 50 yds. after touch down, the aircraft began to sink on the starboard side and the captain noticed that the starboard green light was no longer showing. There were, however, no reds, and the horn was not sounding. The starboard main undercarriage leg eventually retracted and the aircraft swung off the runway to the right, on to the grass.

Landing gear collapse
Runway excursion

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