Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 404, VH-LAD, Lake Coonamooranie (55 km NW of Moomba) SA, 14 April 1985

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Status: Completed
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During the landing roll the aircraft suddenly veered to the left. The pilot took corrective action but the nose gear collapsed and the nose section of the aircraft struck the strip surface. Although the strip was in regular use it was not being inspected. It was constructed on a dry lake-bed and the combination of no rain and regular use caused a soft patch to develop about 430 metres from the threshold. When the aircraft entered this area the nosewheel progressively turned left until it reached the stop. The sideload now imposed was too great and caused the noseleg bearing to fail.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 733    
Location: Lake Coonamooranie (55 km NW of Moomba)    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 14 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 404  
Aircraft registration VH-LAD  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Adelaide SA  
Departure time 0733  
Destination Lake Coonamooranie SA