This is the actual aircraft N747L that was in service with Saudi Arabian Airlines when it had it’s gear collapse and was declared a write off on March 3rd, 1978.
f27 association photo
Saudi Arabian F-27 N746L sistership to N747L closest photo I could find.
Just realized there is a VFW-614 tail in the photo, actually saw this aircraft at YYZ years ago on a world wide sales tour OY-TOR.
In Toronto, we had the Toronto Dominion Bank’s Hawker - with CEO on board, fire up the engines, the gear was in the ‘Up’ position, and the nose gear immediately collapsed as the engine spooled up.
We also had a Merlin, with mechanics working on the hydraulics - when they noticed the gear slowly retracting, they put a jack under the left wing, the nose, one mechanic had his head inside the nose gear space - while attempting to push the nose wheels with his foot???, suddenly the hydraulic line failed, and the right gear collapsed.
I was walking right past the aircraft as this happened, in the Skycharter hanger at YYZ, I heard a blood curdling scream and realized there was a person crushed between the engine and the wing.
As the Merlin collapsed - the wing knocked the wing tip off of a Cessna 310 - a mechanic put a 2 ton car jack under the wing, first puncturing a hole in the wing, and a second attempt it lifted a 13 tonne aircraft.
I ran so fast to call 911, I ran into the nose of one of our Lear’s, cutting my hand on the pitot tube!!! I’ve since learned not to panic!!!
The ramp worker, had one leg crushed but recovered from the accident.
He was actually a retired golf pro, working on the ramp because he enjoyed aircraft, and was polishing the wing.