Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA30, VH-TON, Kalumburu WA, 29 March 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The landing gear had been selected down during descent to the destination. On arrival overhead the strip the pilot noticed some cattle on the strip. He became concerned with the onset of darkness and selected the gear up to make a quick pass to clear the cattle from the strip. The gear was selected down on downwind and the selection was again checked on final approach, but the aircraft landed without the gear being down and locked. Inspection of the aircraft revealed that the landing gear actuator motor drew excessive current due to the armature windings being badly burnt. This resulted in the landing gear circuit breaker being tripped during the retraction sequence and the gear stopping just before the fully retracted position. When the pilot selected the gear down before landing, the gear remained in its previous position. With the gear in this position, neither gear position indicator lights was illuminated.

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General details
Date: 29 March 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1655    
Location: Kalumburu    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 20 August 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-30  
Aircraft registration VH-TON  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kununurra WA  
Departure time 1655  
Destination Kalumburu WA  
Last update 13 May 2014