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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191128
Last updated: 22 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E
Registration: ZK-DGS
C/n / msn: 27-7304959
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Paraparaumu Aerodrome -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Friday 9 January 2004 at about 1915, ZK-DGS a Piper PA23-250E Aztec landed at Paraparaumu Aerodrome. The aircraft taxied to the fuel pumps and as it was coming to a stop the right main landing gear collapsed rearwards. The 2 pilots on board were uninjured.

The main landing gear drag brace forward attachment bolt failed because of fatigue, possibly from stress caused by out of round bushings in the drag brace. The aircraft had been rebuilt following serious accident damage in 1995. These components were possibly re-used during this rebuild and stress initiators might have been created during the accident that then led to the bolt eventually failing.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

8 Jun 1982 ZK-DGS Ardmore Aerodrome unk

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 028/04 issued 1 July 2004 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:18 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2018 00:22 Ron Averes Updated [Cn]

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