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During cruise the pilot noticed that the electrical system was malfunctioning. The ammeter was reading zero, the system was switched off and a diversion for landing carried out. The pilot reported that, on arrival in the circuit area, the landing gear could not be lowered by the emergency system. A wheels-up landing was made. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that the electrical problems were due an alternator failure which resulted from a faulty connection on a brush lead. The reason that the gear was unable to be lowered by the emergency system could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 04 July 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1421  
Location:Charleville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 23 December 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-SBK 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Roma QLD
Departure time:U/K
Destination:Windorah QLD
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