Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210-L, VH-EDE, Parkes NSW, 23 November 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to departure for a nearby aerodrome the pilot decided to carry out some practice night circuits. He subsequently advised that all necessary checks were completed for the first landing, however the aircraft landed with the gear retracted. When the aircraft came to rest the pilot noted that the gear hydraulic pump motor was still operating. It was determined that the aircraft had touched down on the gear doors, which were open at the time. Although the main gear doors had completed their extension cycle, a defect in the gear control valve spool prevented the gear itself from extending. Contamination of the hydraulic system was also evident, probably resulting from ineffective filtering of the fluid. The pilot had evidently not checked the gear position indicator lights prior to landing.

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General details
Date: 23 November 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2210    
Location: Parkes    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 07 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-EDE  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parkes NSW  
Departure time 2205  
Destination Parkes NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014