Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28R-200, VH-SLH, Fanning River Station, 65km SW Townsville QLD, 14 March 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On arrival at Fanning River the pilot lowered the landing gear and obtained an indication that the landing gear was locked down. The aircraft subsequently touched down on the mainwheels and shortly after the pilot lowered the nosewheel to the ground, the nosegear collapsed. The aircraft slid to a stop on the strip, in a nosedown attitude. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that the nosegear assembly showed signs of excessive freeplay. This resulted in an excessive load on the downlock bracket and its ultimate failure in overload during this landing. The strip surface was rough, consisting of sandy soil covered with tufts of grass. The nature of the surface probably contributed to the failure.

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General details
Date: 14 March 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500    
Location: Fanning River Station, 65km SW Townsville    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 09 August 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-SLH  
Serial number 28R-7135126  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Woodstock QLD  
Departure time 1445  
Destination Fanning River Station QLD