Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 76 Duchess, VH-BGY, Moorabbin VIC, 24 February 1985

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Status: Completed
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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    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 05 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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