Aviation safety investigations & reports

Skyfox CA21, 55-609, Tanilba Bay NSW, 13 January 1991

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After several touch and go circuits the pilot noticed the right landing gear was broken and swinging free. A landing was made directly into wind on the remaining wheel but on touchdown the aircraft swerved to the right before coming to rest on its nose, breaking the propeller and damaging the right wing. The pilot said the landing gear had suffered a fatigue failure at the upper weld area adjacent to the rubber bungee attachment and this was a known problem on the aircraft type. The manufacturer subsequently issued a service bulletin to install additional landing gear restraint cables to preclude fatigue failures of this type.

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General details
Date: 13 January 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230    
Location   (show map): Tanilba Bay    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 11 July 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Skyfox Aviation Ltd  
Aircraft model CA21  
Aircraft registration 55-0609  
Serial number 3  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tanilba Bay NSW  
Departure time 1210  
Destination Tanilba Bay NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014