That de­flated feel­ing


Dur­ing his pre­flight in­spec­tion of his Jabiru UL-450 prior to fly­ing from Darley Moor to Cromer, the pi­lot no­ticed that both main tyres ap­peared to be slightly un­der­in­flated, so he in­creased their pres­sures. Take­off and en route flight were un­event­ful, but as the air­craft touched down at Cromer it im­me­di­ately turned left and skid­ded side­ways, caus­ing the nose and right un­der­car­riage legs to col­lapse. Pi­lot and pas­sen­ger were not in­jured. The left tyre was found to be de­flated and there were grooves in the run­way caused by the wheel and brake assem­bly. The pi­lot be­lieves that, fol­low­ing in­fla­tion of the tyres be­fore take­off, the left tyre’s valve had not fully sealed, al­low­ing air to leak slowly away.

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