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The pilot advised that when he selected the landing gear down, aerodynamic noises were normal and the main gear green light illuminated. When he closed the throttles the warning horn did not sound, however during the landing roll the left gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest on the grass adjacent to the landing runway. The left gear uplock had failed to release at the appropriate stage of the extension cycle, possibly due to the incorrect fitment of the uplock release cable attachment bolt. This would have resulted in misalignment of the uplock assembly when the gear was in the up position. When the pilot selected the gear down the actuating rod became bent and prevented the gear from fully extending. However, the visual and aural warning systems for the gear are triggered by a microswitch on the actuator assembly, and if this has moved through its full travel the position of an individual gear leg is not necessarily accurately reflected.

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General details
Date: 27 November 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 725 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Maitland Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 11 December 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-ETV 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sydney NSW
Departure time:0725
Destination:Maitland NSW
 
 
 
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