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After a smooth touchdown and a landing roll of about 150 metres, the right undercarriage leg collapsed. The aircraft veered right about 25 metres off the runway and came to rest in soggy ground. Prior to touchdown the landing gear had been confirmed down by the pilot and had been seen down by ground witnesses. An engineering inspection discovered that an end fitting on the link assembly side bracing lock had partially seized. This had prevented the right undercarriage leg from locking down. The last 100 hourly periodic inspection had been carried out eleven months prior to the accident. Since then the aircraft had flown only 60 hours. The end fitting lacked lubrication and is not equipped with a grease nipple. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 07 September 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1725  
Location   (show map):Newhaven/Phillip Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 26 February 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402 
Aircraft registration: VH-PEK 
Serial number: 402B-0541 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Essendon VIC
Departure time:1700
Destination:Phillip Island VIC
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