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As the pilot was attempting to locate the airstrip at his destination, he noticed some of the aircraft's electrical equipment had failed. He decided to proceed to Bourke and land. On arrival over Bourke the pilot selected the gear down but did not obtain any indication of the gear position. He then manoeuvred the aircraft in an effort to assist gear extension but did not attempt to use the manual override system. The aircraft was landed with the gear retracted. The alternator and engine pulleys were out of alignment resulting in the drive belt becoming detached. The handling notes were carried in the rear luggage locker, out of reach of the pilot and because the operation of the emergency gear lowering system could not be remembered a wheels up landing was made.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 935  
Location:Bourke Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 16 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-WIN 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Deniliquin NSW
Departure time:0935
Destination:Bullaroon Station 47 km N of Bourke NSW
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