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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
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 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
 
 
 
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