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Shortly after touchdown, the gear unsafe warning horn sounded and the red gear unsafe warning light began to flash. The right wing slowly lowered and the aircraft veered to the right of the strip before coming to rest. An inspection revealed that the right maingear had collapsed because of the fatigue failure of the maingear side brace attachment stud. The fatigue cracks on the stud initiated in rough machine tool marks in the radius between the shank and the lug.

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General details
Date: 07 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Caloundra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 17 November 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34 
Aircraft registration: VH-SMM 
Serial number: 34-7450084 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Goondiwindi QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Caloundra QLD
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