Dear all, last Wednesday on returning to our airfield the landing gear indicator showed that the gear was not down and locked, it was recycled several times with the same indications. The manual method was then used but indications were the same. Over flying our engineer all looked OK and a precautionary landing was completed. Unfortunately once the weight came onto the nose wheel it collapsed. The prop was damaged but becauase of the slow speed is repairable, however the engine must be taken out and the crank etc etc has to be checked. The cowling under the engine has been badly damaged and the exhaust is beyond repair. Is there anyone who may have a spare exhaust and cowling? The reason for the failure was a fractured bolt from the cockpit indicator to the the locking part of the nose wheel. My engineer has the maintenance books so exact part names etc are not available but will let you know shortly. If you can help in any way please get in touch.
Regards Kevin Fear
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