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The pilot reported that he obtained the normal safe landing gear indication after the gear was extended prior to landing. The touchdown was normal but the nose gear collapsed as it contacted the runway. It was later determined that the nose gear drag brace fitting which attaches to the fuselage was loose. Some of the attaching rivets had been replaced with bolts at some time prior to the accident. The bolts and remaining rivets had worked loose. This allowed a change in geometry of the downlock mechanism which unlocked under the landing load and allowed the nose leg to collapse.
General details
Date: 15 December 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:00 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 February 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34-200T 
Aircraft registration: VH-WJI 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Trangie NSW
Destination:Dubbo NSW
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Last update 21 October 2014