Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 28-R180, VH-SVP, Mildura VIC, 13 March 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 03 June 1988   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-SVP  
Serial number 28R-30741  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mildura VIC  
Departure time 820  
Destination Mildura VIC