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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 26 January 2014
Time:12:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3B7SF
Operating for:Pacific Air Express (PAE)
Leased from:Airwork, NZ
Registration: ZK-TLC
C/n / msn: 23705/1497
First flight: 1988-01-08 (26 years )
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Honiara-Henderson International Airport (HIR) (   Solomon Islands)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN), Australia
Destination airport:Honiara-Henderson International Airport (HIR/AGGH), Solomon Islands
Flightnumber:PE523
Narrative:
A Boeing 737-300F freighter experienced a collapse of the right main landing gear after landing at the Honiara International Airport (HIR/AGGH), Solomon Islands.
The airplane sustained apparent substantial damage and no injuries have been reported to the three crew onboard.
Following touchdown, the aircraft rolled out for approximately 1200 m at which point the right hand main landing gear (MLG) gave way and the aircraft collapsed onto its right hand engine, continuing to travel approximately 400 m along the runway, before coming to a stop.

Pacific Express uses aircraft which are in the Toll Aviation livery, owned and flown by Airwork, NZ.

Probable Cause:

An investigation has determined that the cause of the MLG failure and resultant accident was the inappropriate rework (ie, machining and re-threading) of the tee-bolt fitting and the associated installation of a reduced size nut and washer, at the last overhaul in 2004.

Classification:

Sources:
» CAA NZ Accident Brief, Occurrence # 14/271

METAR Weather report:
00:00 UTC / 11:00 local time:
AGGH 260000Z 27008KT 9999 FEW019 BKN030 OVC300 30/25 Q1004
Wind 270 degrees at 8 knots; Visibility: 10+ km; few clouds at 1900 feet and broken clouds at 3000 feet; overcast cloud deck at 30000 feet; Temperature: 30C, Dew point: 25C; Pressure : 1004 mb.

00:45 UTC / 11:45 local time:
AGGH 260045Z 29014KT 2000M SH SCT019 OVC030 26/26 Q1004

01:00 UTC / 12:00 local time:
AGGH 260100Z 29010KT 8000M -SH SCT019 OVC040 27/26 Q1004


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Distance from Brisbane International Airport, QLD to Honiara-Henderson International Airport as the crow flies is 2118 km (1324 miles).

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