Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 404, VH-SBG, Kowanyama QLD, 25 January 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the take-off run, as power was being increased, the nose wheel broke through the runway surface and the nosegear leg collapsed. The central area of sections of the runway had previously been filled with coarse river gravel. This fill had then been overlaid with finer material and bonded with an oily fluid. When the aircraft broke through the top crust, the wheels sank readily into the gravel and the nose leg was torn from the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 January 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1155    
Location: Kowanyama    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 13 December 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 404  
Aircraft registration VH-SBG  
Serial number 404-0095  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kowanyama QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Normanton QLD