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While the aircraft was being turned left to line up on a runway situated on a black soil plain, the right mainwheel broke through the runway surface, dropped into a concealed hole beneath the crust and bounced out again. The pilot shut down the engines and after inspecting the aircraft elected to fly it to Alice Springs. On arrival the aircraft was placed unserviceable. An inspection by an engineer revealed that the right maingear had been displaced rearward, the gear support structure buckled and the right engine was found to droop 1.5 centimetres.

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General details
Date: 03 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Lake Nash  
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 23 April 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-FML 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lake Nash NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Alice Springs NT
 
 
 
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