Aviation safety investigations & reports

Mitsubishi MU-2B-25K, VH-MUK, Toowoomba QLD, 14 July 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot stated that the wind was blowing directly across the strip and he joined the circuit for a landing on runway 29. He reported that when the aircraft was on final approach it encountered a significant tailwind, and a missed approach was carried out, followed by a "tear-drop" style turn to align the aircraft on final for runway 11. The pilot stated that after touching down on the mainwheels, the nosewheel was lowered and he heard a bang before the nose of the aircraft contacted the runway. The aircraft slid along the runway before coming to rest just off the sealed surface. An inspection of the landing gear assembly revealed that the nosegear downlock linkage failed due to overload forces causing the nosegear to retract. The landing gear mechanism was also bent by overload forces. No evidence could be found to indicate that defects in the landing gear system existed prior to this landing. The nature of the failure of the nosegear is consistent with heavy nosewheel runway contact.

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General details
Date: 14 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Toowoomba    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 28 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Int  
Aircraft model MU-2  
Aircraft registration VH-MUK  
Serial number 310  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moomba SA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Toowoomba QLD