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In the traffic circuit at Rottnest Island the landing gear was lowered but cockpit indicators showed the starboard undercarriage to be unlocked. The aircraft returned to Perth where an aerial inspection from another aircraft showed that, when cycling the landing gear, the port and nose undercarriages retracted and extended but the starboard undercarriage remained stationary almost fully extended but not locked down. Operation of the emergency, manual landing gear extension system was ineffective in locking down the starboard undercarriage. The aircraft was landed at Perth Airport with 15 of flap extended. The aircraft was gently braked and engines closed down. As the aircraft stopped,the starboard undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft subsided on to the starboard wing tip, flaps and one blade of the starboard propeller.
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General details
Date: 03 February 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1716 WST  
Location:Perth Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 11 November 1979  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 65 
Aircraft registration: VH-CFD 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Perth
Departure time:1605
Destination:Rottnest Island
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