Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 28-161, VH-WHA, Bendigo VIC, 5 January 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The student was doing the take-off with the instructor talking him through the sequence. As the aircraft became airborne a "thump" was felt. The right main wheel and inner strut assembly had become separated from the outer strut assembly and was hanging below the aircraft attached only by the brake hose. After emergency services were alerted and in position, the aircraft was landed by the instructor on the grass area beside the runway. Inspection of the aircraft showed that the upper torque link lugs, where the link attaches to the outer strut assembly, had fractured. The reason the lugs fractured was not determined.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1525    
Location   (show map): Bendigo    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 03 June 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-WHA  
Serial number 28-7916268  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bendigo VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Bendigo VIC