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The touchdown was reported as being smooth but during the landing roll, just after braking was commenced, the right mainwheel and strut came free of the aircraft. The strut bounced and struck the right horizontal stabiliser, severing a large section of it. The aircraft slewed to the right before running off the strip into trees. Inspection of the aircraft revealed that the bolt holding the landing gear strut to the inboard gear mounting assembly had failed. The failure resulted from fatigue, believed to have been initiated by a heavy loading applied to the bolt some time previously.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1450  
Location:Norgate Mine, approx. 165km NW of Cairns Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 June 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Partenavia Costruzioni Aeronautiche S.p.A 
Aircraft model: P.68 
Aircraft registration: VH-PFN 
Serial number: 78 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Townsville QLD
Departure time:1315
Destination:Norgate Mine QLD
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