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After landing, as the aircraft turned left into the taxiway, the left maingear collapsed. Inspection revealed that the drag link centrebolt had failed. Examination of the bolt revealed that it had failed due to fatigue, which had initiated from pit corrosion along the shank of the bolt. It also displayed signs of in-service wear which possibly contributed to the failure. This aircraft reportedly operated from rough, uneven dirt strips on a regular basis.

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General details
Date: 07 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 831  
Location:Kimba Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 16 December 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-23 
Aircraft registration: VH-WGN 
Serial number: 27-7305233 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cleve SA
Departure time:0817
Destination:Kimba SA
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