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The aircraft is a prototype designed for long distance and altitude record attempts. The pilot reported that after touchdown the nosegear retracted and this also resulted in the maingear collapsing. The gear collapse resulted from undetected stiffness in the nosegear downlock mechanism. A number of modifications to the system are to be incorporated.

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General details
Date: 28 July 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:The Oaks Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 May 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Facet Opal 
Aircraft registration: C1004 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Peak Hill NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:The Oaks NSW
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