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The purpose of the flight was to deliver the aircraft to its new owner. The aircraft had been imported from Papua New Guinea in December 1985 and had flown only a limited amount since that time. The pilot carried out three circuits prior to departure, and made a successful landing enroute for refuelling. However, on touchdown at Bankstown following a normal approach, the nosegear collapsed. Initial investigation revealed that the nosegear downlock had not completed its travel to the overcentre position. In addition, the microswitch was incorrectly adjusted, giving a down and locked indication before the lock was fully engaged. The nosegear had collapsed because of faulty rigging of the gear, which prevented it from completing the full extension cycle. The applied loads had been held by the actuating rods and bellcranks until a bellcrank rod end had failed in overload.

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General details
Date: 26 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1808  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 February 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-TTM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Griffith NSW
Departure time:1630 approx
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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