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The pilot reported that as the aircraft became airborne, he noticed a loss of engine power and believed the aircraft may have touched the ground after the landing gear was selected up. He was subsequently unable to obtain a gear down and locked indication, although the gear appeared to ground observers to be fully extended. During the landing roll the right main gear collapsed. The right gear did not fully retract or extend because of damage sustained by the retraction mechanism, probably as a result of ground contact after the down lock had been released. The engine power loss was probably caused by an intermittent breakdown of one magneto, and/or a partial blockage of fuel injector nozzles by particles of corrosion from a fitting on the manifold valve.

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General details
Date: 04 October 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1037  
Location:Launceston Tas. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania  
Release date: 16 January 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-EDM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Longdown Tas.
Departure time:1037
Destination:Fernleigh Tas.
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