Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airframe event involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 182B, VH-BOH, Aratula, QLD on 26 September 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that he was taxiing for departure on runway 07. As he turned the aircraft to loine up, the left main gear leg fractured. The left wingtip and the left horizontal stabiliser contacted the ground. Subsequent examination of the fracture showed a fatigue failure emanating from a small impression or dent on the leading edge of the leg. The leg appeared to have been cracked for some considerable time, and eventually failed longitudinally in a straight line. The aircraft had been operating for some years on rough runways, and had been engaged in parachuting operations continually. This type of operation generates an unusually high number of cycles (takeoffs and landings) and would contribute to a fatigue failure of this nature.
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General details
Date: 26 September 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:30 EST    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 11 December 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182B  
Aircraft registration VH-BOH  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Aratula Qld  
Destination Aratula Qld