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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215119
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-60-601P Aerostar
Registration: VH-CUO
MSN: 61-0806-8062151
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:6km E of Macksville, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:6km E of Macksville, NSW
Destination airport:YBBN
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the takeoff roll, the right main wheel entered an area of soft sand and sank to a depth of 230 mm. The resultant loads applied to the scissor link caused it to fail and the wheel swivelled through 180 degrees. This in turn produced flexing of the gear leg, the downlock disengaged, and the leg collapsed. The aircraft swerved to the right and came to rest just outside the flight strip. The pilot and the operating company were aware that soft areas were present on the strip. The pilot had landed and departed again during the morning without undue problems, and had made an uneventful landing shortly before this particular takeoff attempt. However, on this occasion wind conditions dictated a takeoff in the opposite direction to that employed earlier in the day and a soft area was encountered at a speed of about 50 knots.


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


Photo of VH-CUO courtesy

Melbourne - Essendon (YMEN / MEB)
8 October 1983; (c) Geoff Goodall (via David Carter)

Revision history:

05-Sep-2018 11:45 Pineapple Added

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