Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 404 "Titan", VH-UOP, Lismore NSW, 20 March 1985

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Status: Completed
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On initial touchdown the pilot detected an abnormality with the landing gear. An immediate go around was carried out and the pilot of another aircraft reported that the left main gear was sloping rearwards of its normal alignment. The pilot was committed to a landing with the gear in this position and the gear leg subsequently collapsed at about 60 knots. Initial investigation indicated that the failure of a slotted pin allowed the trunnion forward pivot pin to work itself free, with consequent misalignment of the gear leg. The pivot pin showed evidence of grinding, apparently carried out during maintenance in order to facilitate the fitting of the pin into its appropriate socket. However, the grinding also resulted in excessive free play, which allowed the pivot pin to apply bending loads to the slotted retaining pin and which resulted in the eventual failure of this pin.

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General details
Date: 20 March 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100    
Location: Lismore    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 04 October 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 404  
Aircraft registration VH-UOP  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Grafton NSW  
Departure time 1100  
Destination Lismore NSW