The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The report presented below was derived from information supplied to the Bureau.
The pilot of the Cessna 210 aircraft, registered VH-UPN, reported that during the landing roll at Cockatoo Island, Western Australia, the wheel separated from the nose landing gear strut. The aircraft nosed-over and came to rest inverted. All occupants evacuated the aircraft without injury.
The operator examined the aircraft and found that the self-locking nut and through bolt for the nose landing gear wheel axle had separated from the nose landing gear, either prior to, or during, the take-off at Broome. The bolt and a washer were subsequently found on the runway at Broome. During the landing, the wheel became loose when the axle moved from the landing gear forks.
As a result of this occurrence, the operator has initiated an immediate inspection of its aircraft to ensure that only new through bolt retaining nuts are installed.
|Date:||20 September 2004||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1015 hours WST|
|Location:||Cockatoo Island, (ALA)|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Landing gear/indication|
|Release date:||09 November 2004||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Broome, WA|
|Departure time||0900 hours WST|
|Destination||Cockatoo Island, WA|