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During the taxi phase before take-off, the nosegear collapsed and the nose settled slowly. After the aircraft was evacuated, the pilots noticed that the nosewheel had struck a slightly raised termite mound located near the centre of the flight strip. The pilots commented that no impact was felt and they were surprised that such a small protrusion (4-5 cm) would lead to a nosegear collapse. Later inspection of the broken nosegear downlock revealed that the fracture was consistent with an overload failure. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 20 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1008  
Location:Narayen (74km NNE of Taroom) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 March 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PXL 
Serial number: 28R-30338 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:N/A
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Wandoan QLD
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