Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA44-180, VH-KHG, Herberton QLD, 18 March 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after touchdown the nosewheel struck a 20 centimetre high anthill. The downlock latch on the nosegear was broken and when the nosewheel entered a slight depression, some 145 metres further along the ground roll, the nosegear collapsed. The pilot had overflown the strip during the approach. However, due to the height of the grass on the strip the anthill would have been difficult to sight from the air.

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General details
Date: 18 March 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0920 approx    
Location: Herberton    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 29 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-44  
Aircraft registration VH-KHG  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Innisfail QLD  
Departure time 0920 approx  
Destination Herberton QLD