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The pilot reported that there was no indication of a malfunction when the landing gear was retracted, after takeoff from Mt Isa. The flight was uneventful and the landing gear indications (three green) were normal when the gear was selected down, in the circuit at Birdsville. The gear indications were rechecked and confirmed again on final. Touchdown on the main landing gear was normal, but as the nose wheel tyre contacted the runway the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft then slid to a halt on the edge of the sealed runway left of the centreline. All four persons on board were able to exit the aircraft safely. The investigation found that the cage surrounding the rod end ball of the nose gear actuator rod had broken. This then allowed the actuator to disconnect from the drag brace assembley, which caused the nose landing gear to collapse, as the landing loads were applied. .
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General details
Date: 21 April 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:25 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 23 September 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402C 
Aircraft registration: VH-COH 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mount Isa QLD
Destination:Birdsville QLD
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