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The pilot taxiied the aircraft for departure, back tracking to the north-west end of the runway. While turning right to line up for takeoff, the left main landing gear collapsed, allowing the left propeller to strike the ground, stopping the engine. The eye bolt attaching the landing gear side brace strut to the spar fitting was found to have suffered a corrosion fatigue failure allowing the gear to collapse inwards, ie. in the direction of retraction. As this did not effect the downlock latching mechanism or micro switch at the strut elbow joint, all three green gear down lights in the cockpit remained on. The operator had previously experienced this problems with simliar type aircraft, and as the bolt is difficult to see during inspections he instigated a program to replace it with a modified type. This aircraft had only recently been acquired and the bolts would have been replaced at the first service by the operator.
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General details
Date: 27 January 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:41 CSuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 19 June 1994 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34-200 
Aircraft registration: VH-LCK 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Minlaton SA
Destination:Adelaide SA
 
 
 
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