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The left seat pilot was undergoing his second session of endorsement training in the aircraft. After a cross country exercise under simulated instrument flight conditions, the aircraft returned for a landing on runway 11 Left. The pilots reported that the undercarriage was selected down on the downwind leg, and confirmed by three green lights and the left engine nacelle mirror. The approach and landing were reported to be normal, with initial touchdown on the main wheels. Soon after the nosewheel contacted the ground, the nosegear collapsed. Examination of the nose gear downlock mechanism, indicated that it had been subjected to considerable forces which could only be attributed to a heavy landing or landings. These forces had dislodged the downlock roller and stop bolt away from the downlock hook. Subsequent forces then allowed the nosegear to retract and hence collapse.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1658  
Location:Bankstown Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 01 November 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-44 
Aircraft registration: VH-IJA 
Serial number: 44-7995156 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:1445 Approx.
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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