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The student was doing the take-off with the instructor talking him through the sequence. As the aircraft became airborne a "thump" was felt. The right main wheel and inner strut assembly had become separated from the outer strut assembly and was hanging below the aircraft attached only by the brake hose. After emergency services were alerted and in position, the aircraft was landed by the instructor on the grass area beside the runway. Inspection of the aircraft showed that the upper torque link lugs, where the link attaches to the outer strut assembly, had fractured. The reason the lugs fractured was not determined.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1525 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Bendigo  
State: Victoria  
Release date: 03 June 1991 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-WHA 
Serial number: 28-7916268 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bendigo VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Bendigo VIC
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