Aviation safety investigations & reports

Boeing Co B727

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 10 June 2003, during a routine maintenance inspection between flights, the number-3 main landing gear wheel of a Boeing Commercial Aircraft Co. 727 freight aircraft, registered VH-VLH, was found cracked through the central hub body around the inboard bearing position. Some associated damage had been sustained by the brake unit as a result of the hub failure, however the tyre had not deflated. The adjacent number-4 wheel was undamaged. Following removal from the aircraft, the aircraft operator forwarded the wheel assembly to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on 01 July 2003, for evaluation and analysis of the failure and consideration of the likely contributory factors.

General details
Date: 01 July 2003   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: EST    
Location   (show map): ACT    
State: Australian Capital Territory    
Release date: 21 December 2005   Occurrence category: Other  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 727  
Aircraft registration VH-VLH  
Serial number 22642  
Type of operation Unknown  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Not Applicable  
Destination Not Applicable  
Last update 13 May 2014