Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A185-E, VH-SWE, Bendemeer Station,30 Km NNW of Clermont QLD, 17 January 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After a normal touchdown a swing to the right developed. The swing was controlled initially with rudder, but when the brakes were applied the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. After the aircraft had swung through about 120 degrees the left wheel was dislodged. The left main axle assembly had separated from the leg because a bolt had failed and a section of the broken bolt had jammed between the brake unit and the brake disc, locking the left wheel. The locked wheel caused the remaining bolts to fail. The bolt that failed was found to have been worn by fretting. The aircraft had only operated 20 hours since servicing was carried out to the gear legs. The failed bolt had not been changed at that service.

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General details
Date: 17 January 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Bendemeer Station,30 Km NNW of Clermont    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 25 March 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 185  
Aircraft registration VH-SWE  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Emerald QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Bendemeer QLD