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The pilot advised that a normal touchdown was made on the mainwheels. However, shortly after the nosewheel was lowered to the runway the right gear leg collapsed. The aircraft subsequently swung off the side of the runway. There were no external witnesses and all four persons on board the aircraft reported that the landing was normal. Inspection of the aircraft showed that the right maingear leg had collapsed rearwards, consistent with the application of upward and rearward forces which exceeded the structural strength of the gear attachments. It could not be established whether the overload forces had occurred during this landing, or whether a heavy landing on a previous occasion had resulted in the weakening of the gear support structure.

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General details
Date: 13 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 925  
Location:Mildura Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 03 June 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-SVP 
Serial number: 28R-30741 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mildura VIC
Departure time:820
Destination:Mildura VIC
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