Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA34-200, VH-RYL, Roma QLD, 27 September 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 31 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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