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The pilot reported that when the landing gear was extended, prior to landing at Maitland, the gear down light failed to illuminate. The main landing gears appeared to have extended, but the nose gear could not be checked. Remedial action was unsuccessful so the aircraft was landed in the 23 direction. During the landing roll the nose landing gear collapsed, damaging the propeller and engine cowling undersurfaces. It was later reported that an engineering examination found that the nose gear had failed to fully extend, due to the failure of the downlock hooks to travel to the locked position. This had resulted from the seizure of a pivot bolt due to corrosion. As the weight of the aircraft was applied to the nose gear the downlock hooks slipped, allowing the nose gear to collapse.
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General details
Date: 29 May 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:35 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 19 September 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: T210G 
Aircraft registration: VH-MRH 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland NSW
Destination:Maitland NSW
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