Accident at Cut Knife, Sask


1996-01-31: Upon take-off from Cut Knife, Sask., the right main wheel and oleo assembly separated from the gear leg housing. The pilot, unaware of the situation, was informed by a ground observer that the wheel was dangling by the brake hose. Battleford's Airspray, at the pilot's home base in Hamlin, Sask. was apprised of the situation and ploughed a landing strip in a field beside the main runway. During the flight to Hamlin, the right main wheel fell away from the aircraft and the pilot conducted a successful 2-point landing on the prepared strip. During the latter stages of the landing roll, as the right gear leg touched down, the fixed nose wheel landing gear collapsed and the propeller was damaged. The separation of the right main wheel was attributed to the failure of the drag link (scissor) centre hinge (attachment) bolt. With the bolt removed, the gear leg was free to separate from the housing as this style oleo is not internally secured. The reason for the bolt failure is unknown as the bolt was never recovered. The aircraft was equipped with wheel pants which precludes a visual daily inspection of the drag link area.


CADORS Number 1994C0070
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By
Occurred At 1994-03-01 - 21:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Cut Knife, Sask
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Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant]

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA28 160
Year Built 1961
Engine Type Reciprocating
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Engine Model
Gear Type
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Landing gear

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