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A Major defect Report had been submitted in April 1995 after it was discovered that the nosewheel fork was cracked near the bolt hole, and the nosewheel fork was replaced. The replacement fork was actually a Cessna 150 part, the difference being the size of the axle bolt. The Cessna 150 fork which was fitted had an AN-4 bolt, whereas the correct fork had a larger AN-5 bolt. The pilots reported that after a normal landing the nosegear collapsed. The failure of the bolt at the head appears to be due to fatigue as a result of excessive working loads on the smaller diameter bolt.
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General details
Date: 13 December 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:20 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 25 March 1997 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-HVI 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Coolangatta
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