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The pilot was landing at a property prior to conducting crop spraying. During the landing roll, the aircraft veered off the strip and overturned in a wheat crop. A subsequent investigation established the left mainwheel hub had failed due to a fatigue crack, allowing the wheel to travel up the landing gear leg. A partial collapse of the left leg then resulted when the axle dug into the ground. The crack had originated from corrosion pitting on the inner wheel half interior surface, which was not visible with the wheel in situ.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 940 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):"Strath Avon", 46 km SW of Nyngan  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 10 July 1991 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-HGQ 
Serial number: 25-5398 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Parkes NSW
Departure time:800
Destination:"Strath Avon" NSW
 
 
 
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