Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-180R, VH-KIE, Condeena (10 km South of Katanning) WA, 26 April 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had flown the aircraft, without incident, a number of times prior to the accident flight. He made a full flap, normal approach to land after checking that the landing gear was down and locked. The wind at the time was a light crosswind from the left. Touchdown was normal, but immediately afterwards the right gear leg collapsed. The aircraft veered sharply to the right and the other gear legs failed. The aircraft slid to a halt on its lower fuselage. The strip had a transverse gradient of three percent down to the right. Witness evidence and ground markings confirmed that the touchdown was normal. Inspection of the damaged components of the right gear indicated that the initial failure had been from overload forces. No significant pre-existing damage was evident.

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General details
Date: 26 April 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0645    
Location: Condeena (10 km South of Katanning)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 13 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-KIE  
Serial number 28R-30308  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gnowangerup WA  
Departure time 630  
Destination Condeena WA