21 December-20 January 2020

200
PA-28 161: crack on wing walk support rib. (611954566)
AIRCRAFT BELOW 5700kg
PIPER PA28 161 – ATA 5712 WING, RIB/BULKHEAD – RIB – CRACKED. DR 611954566
During 100 inspection task E02, a crack was found on the wing walk support rib at RH WS 36.22.
Repairs been carried out.
SWEARINGEN SA227 DC – ATA 3250 LANDING GEAR STEERING SYSTEM  – PIPE – SPLIT. DR 612054586
During landing phase, aircraft suffered hydraulic failure at nose steering and the brakes.

Root cause: Split in hydraulic pipe PN 27-81032-315.

Pipe is an original part from manufacture. There was no evidence of chafing of the pipe in situ.

The defective pipe has been replaced, with RTS completed.

GIPPSLAND GA8 – ATA 5740 WING, ATTACH FITTINGS  – FITTING – SERVICEABLE. DR 612054599
Reporting required against SB-GA8-2017-174. Nothing abnormal.

 

One similar report received.

CESSNA 210 M – ATA 3230 LANDING GEAR RETRACT/EXTENSION SYSTEM  – ACTUATOR – CRACKED. DR 612054602
Inflight, a loud noise was identified during cruise shortly after top of climb. It was discovered that the aircraft had jettisoned hydraulic fluid and landing gear was no longer up. Emergency extension carried out, gear down and locked.

Root cause: LH Main gear actuator body had cracked and failed.

Rectifications planned.

PIPER PA25 235 – ATA 7120 ENGINE MOUNT SECTION – MOUNT – CRACKED. DR 612054611
LH upper engine mount tube found cracked during inspection. Could be due to heavy landing. Rectifications are continuing.
ATA 5102 BALLOON REPORTS – LOAD FRAME – CRACKED. DR 611954563
Cracking around cross bracing joints. Flexing of the frame as possible cause.
Repairs would be by re welding the joints.

 

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