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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122470
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Registration: ZK-MYS
C/n / msn: 31-7652032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Minor
Location:Nelson Airport -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:NZNS
Destination airport:NZNS
The Piper Chieftain landed on its main landing gear only after the nose landing gear (NLG) failed to extend on approach. Emergency vehicles were standing by and neither of the 2 crew members was injured.

The NLG jammed as a result of wrong parts and incorrect maintenance, over a number of years, which allowed the landing gear to turn too far when full rudder was applied during the training exercise so that a the jam ensued. This aircraft had a history of NLG defects, including other failures to extend or retract normally. Some of the rectifications of the earlier defects, carried out by various maintenance organisations, had not been in accordance with regulations, because incorrect parts or unauthorised repairs had been used, and the aeroplane manufacturer's Maintenance Manual procedures had not been followed.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 018/13 issued 25 July 2013 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 019/13 issued 25 July 2013 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

18-May-2011 05:56 angels one five Added
06-May-2012 11:34 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
16-Aug-2014 14:40 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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