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The pilot reported that the pre-start checks were completed and the gear selector was noted in the down position with three green lights. The gear unsafe light was tested and found operational. Both engines were started, and when the brakes were released the aircraft began to roll forward under idle power, as it was parked on a slight downhill slope. The gear warning horn sounded and at the same instant the nosegear collapsed. Both engines stopped when the propellers struck the ground. The drag brace had failed due to overload, allowing the nosegear to collapse. The aircraft had recently been conducting operations from soft wet strips in the Charleville area. The nosegear assembly was twisted out of normal alignment, leading to the drag brace failure. It is considered that this damage may have occurred during the operations from the soft surfaces.

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General details
Date: 06 May 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1700  
Location:Aratula Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 15 June 1990 Occurrence class: Infrastructure 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-SDL 
Serial number: TH 455 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Aratula QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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