Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA44, VH-IJA, Bankstown Airport NSW, 7 February 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The left seat pilot was undergoing his second session of endorsement training in the aircraft. After a cross country exercise under simulated instrument flight conditions, the aircraft returned for a landing on runway 11 Left. The pilots reported that the undercarriage was selected down on the downwind leg, and confirmed by three green lights and the left engine nacelle mirror. The approach and landing were reported to be normal, with initial touchdown on the main wheels. Soon after the nosewheel contacted the ground, the nosegear collapsed. Examination of the nose gear downlock mechanism, indicated that it had been subjected to considerable forces which could only be attributed to a heavy landing or landings. These forces had dislodged the downlock roller and stop bolt away from the downlock hook. Subsequent forces then allowed the nosegear to retract and hence collapse.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1658    
Location: Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 01 November 1990   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-IJA  
Serial number 44-7995156  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 1445 Approx.  
Destination Bankstown NSW