Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 402-C, VH-TZH, Hermannsburg NT, 1 November 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was on an intermediate stop on return to Alice Springs from Yulara. At about 90 knots on the takeoff roll just before rotation, the pilot heard a metallic thump and the nose of the aircraft dropped onto the ground. The aircraft slid to a stop as the pilot completed his shutdown checks. An inspection of the strip by the pilot after the accident revealed that the nosewheel had apparently struck a partially submerged rock uncovered by recent raking of the strip surface. The nosewheel tyre was reportedly blown and the nosegear link apparently failed in overload allowing the noseleg to collapse.

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General details
Date: 01 November 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545    
Location   (show map): Hermannsburg    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 04 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 402  
Aircraft registration VH-TZH  
Serial number 402C-0617  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hermannsburg NT  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Approved for Release: 4th April 1991