Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft H18, VH-PDI, Bankstown NSW, 23 August 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft returned to its departure aerodrome after suffering a complete electrical failure. Emergency extension of the gear was attempted, but during the landing roll the nose leg retracted, which resulted in the nose and propellers striking the runway. A written checklist was not used prior to departure and the generators were evidently not switched on. The electrical panel and the generator warning lights are obscured by the control column. Emergency gear and flap extension is achieved using the same winder which is placarded "Flaps-push handle in, Gear-pull handle out". Investigation revealed that although the flaps were in the fully down position the gear was only part of the way through its extension cycle.

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General details
Date: 23 August 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1835    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 08 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 18  
Aircraft registration VH-PDI  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 1808  
Destination Canberra ACT  
Last update 13 May 2014