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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 26 September 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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