Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna Aircraft Company 210N, VH-UPN

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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.

General details
Date: 20 September 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1015 hours WST    
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-UPN  
Serial number 21064125  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Broome, WA  
Departure time 0900 hours WST  
Destination Cockatoo Island, WA  
Last update 13 May 2014