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After arriving overhead his destination the pilot selected the landing gear down, but received an indication that the nosegear had not locked down. When the emergency gear extension procedure failed to achieve a nosegear down and locked indication, the pilot diverted the aircraft to Roma. Following touchdown on the main wheels, the nose was lowered to the runway and the aircraft slid to a stop. The aircraft had undergone some routine maintenance at Brisbane before the flight. During this maintenance the Nose Gear Centering Spring Assembly had been changed. Examination of this assembly after the accident showed that an attach bolt, had been incorrectly installed and had fouled the nose gear door torque tube, causing the nose gear to "hang up". The correct installation of the bolt is critical, and is the subject of special mention in several Piper Service Documents and Australian Airworthiness Advisory Circular No. 143.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1207  
Location:Roma Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 31 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34 
Aircraft registration: VH-RYL 
Serial number: 34-7250067 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brisbane QLD
Departure time:0924
Destination:Ingelara QLD
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