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The pilot noticed an abnormal noise as the landing gear retracted following takeoff from Bathurst Island. After selecting the gear down in the circuit area at Snake Bay he noticed that all three gear down lights were illuminated. A normal circuit and landing was carried out, but during the landing roll as the nosewheel contacted the runway it collapsed rearwards, allowing the underside of the nose and both propellers to contact the runway. Subsequent investigation revealed that the nosegear retract actuating rod had failed at the drag brace rod-end fitting. Because of the location of this failure the gear down microswitches were still actuated, giving the pilot a false gear down and locked indication.
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General details
Date: 06 March 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:55 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 19 June 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402C 
Aircraft registration: VH-RMQ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bathurst Island NT
Destination:Snake Bay NT
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