Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-161, VH-BZB, Lilydale VIC, 22 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being used for dual circuit training. Following a normal touch down a loud bang was heard, the nose dropped and the aircraft skidded to a halt with the nosegear collapsed. The nose landing gear strut had fractured at the base of the cylinder. Microscopic examinination of the fracture surfaces found a single event overload failure by bending, with no evidence of any pre existing defects. The failure mode suggests that the nosewheel was either cocked to the left or the aircraft was yawed to the left when the nosewheel contacted the runway.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Lilydale    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 26 September 1990   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-BZB  
Serial number 28-7916037  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lilydale VIC  
Departure time 1430  
Destination Approved for Release: 26th September 1990