Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rand KR-2, VH-KRG, Coffs Harbour NSW, 24 February 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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About twenty minutes after DEPARTURE, the pilot advised Coffs Tower he was returning after observing a reduced engine oil pressure indication. Soon after, he reported oil fumes in the cockpit and requested a priority landing from a straight in approach to runway 03. The aircraft touched down heavily on the left main and tail wheel, collapsing the main landing gear and shattering the wooden propeller. The pilot reported the oil leak had emanated from an incorrectly assembled firewall fitting on the oil line to the oil pressure indicator. That fitting had been installed prior to the present owner purchasing the aircraft. The main gear is normally held in the locked down position by two mechanical latches. When the aircraft touched down heavily on the left wheel, one mechanical latch had slipped from the locked position. The other latch had not engaged due to misrigging.

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General details
Date: 24 February 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 930    
Location   (show map): Coffs Harbour    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Abnormal engine indications  
Release date: 10 September 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rand Kar  
Aircraft model KR-2  
Aircraft registration VH-KRG  
Serial number Q18  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Coffs Harbour NSW  
Departure time 0900  
Destination Armidale NSW