Aviation safety investigations & reports

Conaero LA4-200, VH-EJX, Townsville QLD, 24 June 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The student pilot was receiving instruction for an endorsement on the aircraft type. Following a touch and go landing, the instructor closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The subsequent landing was firm and the right wheel broke off. The aircraft ground looped through 180 degrees before coming to rest. Inspection of the gear leg revealed severe corrosion in the internal section of the leg. The right maingear leg failed on landing due to corrosion. This corrosion apparently had not been detected during the most recent periodic and major inspections, and there was no evidence that the bore of the maingear leg had been coated and sealed to prevent ingress of moisture.

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General details
Date: 24 June 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Townsville    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 31 January 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc.  
Aircraft model LA-4  
Aircraft registration VH-EJX  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Townsville QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Townsville QLD