Aviation safety investigations & reports

Champion 7-FC, VH-UEJ, Aldinga SA, 26 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After take-off, the pilot was told by radio that the right main gearleg was hanging vertically (from its pivot point) beneath the belly of the aircraft. The pilot made two low passes so that an instructor could inspect the landing gear. The pilot made a normal approach, landed left wing low and endeavoured to hold the right wing up as long as possible. During the initial landing roll, the right main wheel was torn off. At about 20 knots, the right wing dropped and the exposed oleo leg scraped along the ground. The aircraft swung through 90 degrees and came to rest with the right wing-tip on the ground. Investigation revealed an apparent overload failure of the bronze weld securing the threaded collar to the lower right oleo cylinder. The weld had been defective at the time the aircraft was manufactured in 1958, however the aircraft had operated for 2100 hours before the weld had actually failed.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1516    
Location: Aldinga    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 26 May 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Champion Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 7  
Aircraft registration VH-UEJ  
Serial number 281  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Aldinga SA  
Departure time 1505  
Destination Aldinga SA