Aviation safety investigations & reports

Neico Lancair 235, VH-HTD, Coolangatta QLD, 10 June 1989

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was being operated on a Permit to Fly pending issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness, and was being ferried to Coolangatta for avionics maintenance and to be statically displayed at an airshow. The pilot reported that after a normal landing on runway 35 in a 12 knot crosswind, he encountered slight nosewheel shimmy and the nosegear collapsed almost immediately. A tubular engine mount frame, which supports the left hand trunnion bearing block, had failed. This allowed the left hand trunnion to become dislocated and the nosegear collapsed. Excessive nosewheel shimmy had been reported on a previous occasion. The nosewheel shimmy-damper washers had been lubricated. This may have reduced their effectiveness leading to excessive nosewheel shimmy and possible damage to the tubular frame.

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General details
Date: 10 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1005    
Location   (show map): Coolangatta    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 31 August 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Neico Aviation Inc  
Aircraft model Lancair 235  
Aircraft registration VH-HTD  
Serial number N149  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Ballina NSW  
Departure time 0945  
Destination Coolangatta QLD  
Last update 21 March 2016