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After the gear was selected down, no down indication was received for the right gear leg. The pilot decided to divert to Port Hedland where engineering advice was available. When it was decided that all the options were exhausted, the pilot landed the aircraft. As the right wheel contacted the ground the leg collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop. The right maingear retract ram had become disconnected from the body of the gear leg when an improperly secured clevis caused the failure of the body fitting to which it was connected. The components had been incorrectly assembled during previous maintenance.

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General details
Date: 23 September 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1425  
Location:Port Hedland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 05 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aero Commander 
Aircraft model: 500 
Aircraft registration: VH-IOE 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Pardoo WA
Departure time:1425
Destination:Pardoo WA
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