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The pilot reported that following a normal landing the aircraft was taxied for some distance. During a left turn the right main landing gear collapsed, resulting in the right propeller and wing contacting the ground. Investigation revealed that the right main gear strut had failed at the lower welded joint. A metallurgical examination determined that the failure was due to the propagation of a fatigue crack along the weld. A weld repair had been effected in the area previously because of a crack and it appeared the crack was not completely removed during the repair procedure. This was not positively confirmed as the owner would not permit destructive testing of the component. The manufacturer's service manual limits repair of the main landing gear to replacement of parts.

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General details
Date: 10 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 955  
Location:Parkes Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 24 May 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310 
Aircraft registration: VH-REK 
Serial number: 35583 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:846
Destination:Parkes NSW
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