Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 95/B55 Baron, VH-FDD, Albany, WA, 12 January 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Because of a delay In commencing descent arising from communications difficulties, the pilot decided to lower the undercarriage to Increase his rate of descent. He moved the selection to the "DOWN" position, and then noted that the red undercarriage "UP" light was out. He did not check the green "DOWN" light for main wheel Indication or the nosewheel mechanical indicator. The pilot was not aware that an electrical short circuit prevented the lowering of the undercarriage or that It also denied him the benefit of the undercarriage position lights. After entering the circuit area, the pilot again only checked that the undercarriage selector was In the "DOWN" position and that the red "UP" undercarriage light was out. He approached to land in a wind of 25-30 knots, with a relatively high power setting, which masked the audible warning device. Just prior to touchdown the pilot throttled back and heard the warning horn but too late to Initiate a go around and the aircraft settled to the runway with the undercarriage fully retracted. The aircraft slid for 300 feet before coming to rest.
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General details
Date: 12 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1225 WST    
Location: Albany    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 22 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-FDD  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jandakot  
Departure time 1115  
Destination Albany  
Last update 16 May 2014