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The aircraft was engaged In amphibious operations and was equipped with two landing floats, each fitted with a nose wheel and a main landing wheel. The wheel units, normally extended for surface operations on land, are designed to retract into recesses in the floats and it is essential that they be in the retracted position whenever the aircraft alights on water. The position of the wheel units at any particular time is Indicated to the pilot by lights in the cockpit. Additionally, the position of portions of the mechanism for retracting and extending the wheel units can be viewed from the cockpit through a small clear panel on the top of each float.
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General details
Date: 14 May 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1152 WST  
Location:West Wallabl Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 June 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-ELQ 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Geraldton
Departure time:1123
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