Master No DL-679 - 22/04/1944
the 22nd April 1944 a Major Roy B. Caviness of the 376th
Fighter squadron with a Captain Johnston as a passenger was flying a Miles
Master No DL-679 on a cross county flight to Speke, however upon landing at
Speke and rolling about 1500 feet down the runway the right landing gear
collapsed resulting in major damage to the undercarriage and propeller.
accident is described in Major Caviness’s own words, “I
arrived over Speke Airdrome at approximately 1510 and lowered my landing gear
preparatory to landing. The wheels did not lock into position, so I used the
emergency hand pump and emergency system. After several strokes with the pump,
the red warning light went out and the two “safe green lights came on”. I
checked the visual indicator on both wings and they were O.K. for landing. I
made a normal approach, landed and rolled approximately 1500 feet down the
runway in the first 1/3 of the field. I applied slight pressure to both brakes
to slow down preparatory to turning of the runway. Immediately after applying
the brakes, the right landing gear collapsed. The plane swerved of the runway to
the right AND CAME TO A STOP. Neither myself nor Captain Johnson was injured.
The aircraft was damaged to the following extent: Propeller and Undercarriage.
The accident occurred at 15:15”.
The accident was considered to be caused by the mechanical failure of the securing bolt of the jack anchorage, the jack was then forced through the skin of the mainplane centre section resulting in further damage to the mainplane.
Caviness was an experienced pilot with over 1390 flying hours to his credit, 945
of these on the Miles Master.
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