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The pilot held in the circuit area at his destination for about 10 minutes before carrying out a normal landing. He recalls checking that the landing gear indicated down and locked before landing. However, when the nosewheel was lowered onto the runway, the noseleg collapsed. The aircraft skidded on its nose for about 150 metres before coming to rest on the runway. The nosegear indicator still showed a green light after the aircraft came to rest. The cause of the nosegear collapse could not be determined. The false safe indication of the nosegear was possibly caused by a foreign object under the downlock microswitch.

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General details
Date: 16 June 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 850  
Location:Kimba Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 27 September 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-23 
Aircraft registration: VH-WGN 
Serial number: 27-7305233 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cleve SA
Departure time:0830
Destination:Kimba SA
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