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Shortly after a normal touchdown directional control problems were experienced and the left wing began to lower. The pilot applied full power and carried out a go around. The pilot advised the tower that the left mainwheel tyre was probably flat, and subsequently positioned the aircraft for another landing. Normal gear down and locked lights were illuminated, however after touchdown the left gear leg began to collapse and the aircraft slewed off the side of the runway. The left gear retracted due to insufficient overcentre action on the side-brace lock. This was compounded by wear in the side-brace centre-pivot. Both of these potential problem areas had been addressed by the aircraft manufacturer in relevant Service Instructions. Compliance with these instructions was not mandatory and the aircraft had not been modified.

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General details
Date: 24 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1807  
Location:Moorabbin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 05 July 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 76 
Aircraft registration: VH-BGY 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Launceston TAS
Departure time:1545
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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