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On climbout from Tindal, the crew heard a loud bang and the gear Unsafe light came on. Speed was reduced to 180 knots indicated air speed and the gear cycled. On Down selection, the two maingear lights were green but the nosegear indicated Unsafe. On selecting Up, the Unsafe light remained on. The flight was continued to Darwin below 180 knots. On arrival, two flights past the tower were made. On the first flight with gear selected Up the nosegear was reported to be in the normal extended position. On the second flypast with gear selected Down, only the two maingear lights were green and the tower reported that the gear appeared to be extended normally. Procedures for the emergency extension of the gear did not obtain a safe indication for the nosegear leg, and the pilot did not apply inflight loads to the aircraft in an attempt to lock the nosegear down. The pilot carried out a normal circuit and landing and held the nosewheel off the runway for as long as possible. At approximately 80 knots the nosewheel was lowered gently onto the runway but it collapsed almost immediately. The aircraft remained on the runway centreline as it slid to a halt on its nose. Subsequent specialist investigation showed that the nosegear actuator rod end had failed due to fatigue and stress corrosion.

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General details
Date: 08 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 903  
Location:Darwin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 09 August 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd 
Aircraft model: 1124 
Aircraft registration: VH-AJP 
Serial number: 238 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tindal NT
Departure time:0750
Destination:Darwin NT
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