Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 402, VH-CJA, Archerfield QLD, 12 May 1984

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Status: Completed
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After landing, a 180 degree turn to the right to backtrack along the runway was planned. As the aircraft was being slowed to taxi speed a gentle left turn to position the aircraft near the left side of the runway was commenced, but the right main gear collapsed. A gear down indication remained on after the aircraft came to a halt. The right main gear retraction push-pull tube bellcrank had developed a fatigue crack in the area of the bushing hole. The bellrcrank failed in overload at this crack causing insufficient downlock tension to be maintained on the extended main landing gear. The aircraft had flown 9336 hours at the time of the failure and the left bellcrank had previously been strengthened.

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General details
Date: 12 May 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 955    
Location: Archerfield    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 27 February 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 402  
Aircraft registration VH-CJA  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Brisbane QLD  
Departure time 0955  
Destination Archerfield QLD  
Last update 01 April 2011