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The pilot reported that he had moved the landing gear to the down position and obtained the green light indicating that the gear was down and locked. During the landing roll, with a crosswind from the left, the right main gear leg collapsed. The landing gear operating system had been stiff during circuits in the previous week. Maintenance inspection determined that the overcentre link on the right gear mechanism was binding. During extension of the gear the push rod apparently bent and the gear struts did not go over centre. The pilot was not aware of this as there is only one light to indicate gear down and this did not indicate the exact position of the gear legs. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1518  
Location:Evans Head Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 10 August 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-FUN 
Serial number: 603 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Caloundra QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Evans Head NSW
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