Incident Piper PA-34-200T VH-KAE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209375
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Date:Saturday 27 January 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200T
Registration: VH-KAE
MSN: 34-7670251
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cummins Airport (YCUS), Cummins, SA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:YCDU
Destination airport:YCUS
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
It was reported that the right main landing gear leg light failed to give a safe down indication after the gear was selected down during the approach to land at Cummins. The pilot was unable to get a safe indication after using both the normal and emergency extension systems so he shut the right engine down and moved the propeller to a horizontal position prior to landing. The aircraft settled onto the right flap during the roll-out. Post-accident inspection indicated that the torque link bolt of the scissors joint of the right landing gear seized and fractured during the takeoff from Ceduna. When the landing gear was lowered at Cummins the top arm of the torque link contacted the side of the wheel well, preventing the right gear from being lowered. The grease on the torque link bolt had dried out, probably as a result of the aircraft having been left standing for a long time without use. Lack of lubrication probably led to the bolt failure.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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