During the landing roll, the nose-wheel steering failed and braking efficiency reduced. After shutdown, the pilot observed hydraulic fluid coming from the front relief vent associated with the brake anti-skid system. A permit to fly was obtained from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the aircraft was ferried to Perth with the landing gear down and locked. After landing, the aircraft was towed to the operator's facilities due to inadequate steering and braking capability. Maintenance investigation by the operator traced the problem to internal leakage of hydraulic pressure through the anti-skid control valve to the low-pressure side of the brake system and then overboard. The problem was inherent with the anti-kid-equipped aircraft and the operator was pursuing suitable rectification action with the manufacturer.
Interim remedial action has been the introduction of a standard operating procedure to depressurise the hydraulic system after engine shutdown when parking the aircraft. Since the introduction of this procedure, there have been no further incidents. Safety Action Statement As a result of this occurrence, the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation is currently analysing a possible safety deficiency. The deficiency identified involves aircraft fitted with anti-skid braking systems. This static internal leakage may result in the loss of hydraulic system contents and subsequent loss of all hydraulic services.
Any recommendation issued as a result of this analysis will be published in the Bureau's Quarterly Safety Deficiency Report.
|Date:||13 April 1998||Investigation status:||Completed|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Hydraulic|
|Release date:||14 July 1998||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fairchild Industries Inc|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Perth WA|