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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory  
Release date: 21 December 2005 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Other 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014