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On arrival in the circuit area at Streaky Bay the pilot selected the gear down and obtained an instrument indication that the gear was locked down. While the aircraft was on final approach it encountered turbulence and the gear warning horn sounded, the gear unlocked indicator light illuminated and the nosegear down light extinguished. The pilot initiated a go-around and after unsuccessful attempts to obtain a gear locked down indication, diverted the aircraft to Parafield. On landing at Parafield the nosegear collapsed. Inspection of the nosegear revealed that the bolt which secures the nosegear retraction linkage to the drag brace had failed in the thread area due to fatigue. It is evident that the bolt failed and partially withdrew in the circuit area at Streaky Bay, giving rise to the unsafe gear condition.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1713  
Location:Parafield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 05 June 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310 
Aircraft registration: VH-DZH 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ceduna SA
Departure time:1713
Destination:Streaky Bay SA
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