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It was reported that the right main landing gear leg light failed to give a safe down indication after the gear was selected down during the approach to land at Cummins. The pilot was unable to get a safe indication after using both the normal and emergency extension systems so he shut the right engine down and moved the propeller to a horizontal position prior to landing. The aircraft settled onto the right flap during the roll-out. Post-accident inspection indicated that the torque link bolt of the scissors joint of the right landing gear seized and fractured during the takeoff from Ceduna. When the landing gear was lowered at Cummins the top arm of the torque link contacted the side of the wheel well, preventing the right gear from being lowered. The grease on the torque link bolt had dried out, probably as a result of the aircraft having been left standing for a long time without use. Lack of lubrication probably led to the bolt failure.
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General details
Date: 27 January 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 19:00 CSuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 22 February 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34-200T 
Aircraft registration: VH-KAE 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ceduna SA
Destination:Cummins SA
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