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On arrival at Crocker Island, during the prelanding checks, the left main landing gear would not lock down. The pilot diverted to Darwin where emergency services were available. He performed the emergency landing gear extension drill but the left main landing gear was still not indicating down and locked. The pilot flew past the tower for a visual inspection of the landing gear by the tower controller who advised that the landing gear "appeared normal". When emergency services were in place, the pilot landed. As the aircraft slowed on the landing roll, the left main gear collapsed. Subsequently engineers discovered that the left side brace centre bushing had seized on its bolt thereby preventing the left main landing gear leg from locking down. The operator's chief engineer has formally advised the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the mechanical fault.
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General details
Date: 28 October 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:00 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 19 November 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402B 
Aircraft registration: VH-FCL 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:South Goulbourne Is NT
Destination:Crocker Is NT
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