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After landing, the aircraft was backtracking along the runway when the nosegear collapsed. The pilot reported that at the time of the collapse the aircraft was moving at about 4 knots as it was slowed to take the turn into the apron. The nosewheel had become completely detached, allowing the oleo forks to contact the ground. A nosewheel bearing had seized from lack of lubrication. This had caused the axle to spin in its oleo support eyes. One support eye had failed because of the heat generated, and the other failed in overload, allowing the nosewheel to detach.

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General details
Date: 09 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1538  
Location:Peppimenarti Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 03 March 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 404 
Aircraft registration: VH-ANM 
Serial number: 404-0010 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Darwin NT
Departure time:1440
Destination:Peppimenarti NT
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