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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190113
Last updated: 27 November 2020
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Date:15-SEP-2016
Time:15:20 Hrs
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire T. IX
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-LFIX
C/n / msn: CBAF.8463
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Sywell, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire (EGBK)
Destination airport:Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire (EGBK)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
ML407 was involved in a landing accident during the rollout after landing at Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Sywell, Northamptonshire, today (Thursday 15 September 2016). No one was injured. The Spitfire was recovered to the Air Leasing hangar at Sywell, and is undergoing repairs.
The aircraft had just completed the second passenger flight of the day and had carried out a normal 3-point landing, when at about 35 kt. the port wing started to drop, the pilot attempted to correct this but the aircraft yawed off the runway to the left onto the grass, coming to rest on its nose. Heavy damage was caused to the propeller with minor damage to the engine cowls, landing gear doors and port wing tip.
Conclusion
The collapse of the left landing gear was caused by a failure of the landing gear actuator chevron seals, which jammed the actuator before the landing gear had reached the locked position.
The reason for the failure of the chevron seals purchased in 2013 could not be determined.
The modification to the landing gear indicator panel should minimise the possibility of a pilot being unaware of a failure of the landing gear to achieve a locked position.

Sources:

1. https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/spitfire-crashes-after-landing-at-sywell-aerodrome-1-7581955
2. http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/local/spitfire-crashes-after-landing-at-sywell-aerodrome-1-7581955
3. https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/spitfire-crashes-after-landing-at-sywell-aerodrome-1-7581955
4. https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/531f62/spitfire_crashes_after_landing_at_sywell_aerodrome/
5. https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=LFIX
6. http://www.ml407.co.uk/
https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports - AAIB Bulletin No: 7/2017 Ref: EW/G2016/09/14

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

5 Mar 1986 G-LFIX Island Trading Ltd. (G-INFO) 0 Southampton Airport (EGHI), Eastleigh, Hampshire, sub
31 Mar 2000 G-LFIX Private (G-INFO) 0 Duxford Airfield (EGSU), Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, sub

Media:


Images:

Photo of G-LFIX courtesy AirHistory.net


Duxford (EGSU)
24 September 2017; (c) Aad van der Voet


Photo: (c) AAIB


RAF Waddington (EGXW), Lincolnshire, UK. - 29th June 1996

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Sep-2016 20:02 Anon. Added
16-Sep-2016 20:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Sep-2016 20:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
13-Jul-2017 19:11 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]
09-Aug-2020 19:07 Peter Clarke Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative, Photo]

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