An aircraft accident that caused a South Yorkshire airport to shut down has led crash investigators to call for safety checks.
Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood airport was closed for several hours at the height of the holiday season last month after the left main landing gear of a BAE Systems Jetstream 31 plane collapsed after the aircraft landed.
With the left landing gear detached from its mounts, the aircraft slid along the runway and came to rest on the adjacent grass, with the single passenger and the two crew members able to get out unhurt.
In a special bulletin into the incident, on the evening of August 15, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said preliminary findings indicated stress corrosion cracking at the top of the left landing gear leg had initiated the collapse.
The aircraft, operated by LinksAir, had been on a scheduled flight from Belfast City Airport.
The AAIB said that on March 8, 2012, the same aircraft, then operated by airline Manx2, had suffered a failure to its right main landing gear as it landed at Isle of Man airport.
The 12 passengers and two crew were all unhurt.
The AAIB said its investigation into the March 2012 incident had led to a safety recommendation to the European Aviation Safety Agency concerning the identification of cracks on landing gears fitted to Jetstream 31 aircraft.
The AAIB report added that given the similarities of last month’s incident to the one in 2012 ‘it is evident that the inspections of, and the modifications to, the left main landing gear of G-GAVA (the LinksAir Jetstream) were not effective in preventing this accident’.
The report recommended the AAIB check Jetstream 31s of the kind involved in the incident.