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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Sunday 29 March 1981
Type:Potez 840
Operator:Club Aéronautique de Paris
Registration: F-BMCY
MSN: 02
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 Turbomeca Astazou XII
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands (LSI) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Because of bad weather the aircraft diverted to Sumburgh. On approach the pilot tried to lower the landing gear but all three gear legs remained up. The aircraft overshot and circled while the pilot used the emergency manual system, but only the right-hand leg extended and locked. Further attempts to lower all gear legs were without success and the pilot made a gear-up landing. The main
cabin door could not be opened but the occupants evacuated the aircraft via the overwing emergency exit.

Damage was minimal and once lifted onto its undercarriage, the aircraft was moved to a stand. It remained there for some months until a French team arrived to remove the four Astazou engines and other useful parts. What was left was abandoned in a quiet part of the airport.
It remained there for 26 years until the runway was extended, but instead of being scrapped it was saved and now resides in a private garden in North Roe in the north of Shetland.

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap

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photo of Potez-840-F-BMCY
accident date: 29-03-1981
type: Potez 840
registration: F-BMCY
photo of Potez-840-F-BMCY
accident date: 29-03-1981
type: Potez 840
registration: F-BMCY
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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