Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA36-375, VH-OON, 8 km NE Coleambally NSW, 17 January 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the take-off run the right gear leg failed. The aircraft had just passed through a soft patch of ground then run over a grass tussock. The severed section of the leg punctured the right wing and dented the tailplane as the aircraft slid to a halt. A subsequent metallurgical examination found that the leg fractured because of the growth to critical size of a fatigue crack. The fatigue had originated in small surface imperfections caused by corrosion pitting.

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General details
Date: 17 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930 aprx    
Location: 8 km NE Coleambally    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 05 May 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36  
Aircraft registration VH-OON  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 8 km NE Coleambally NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination 8 km NE Coleambally NSW