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The pilot stated that he selected gear down but did not check for a down and locked indication. After having kept sufficient power applied to land well down the runway, the pilot heard the gear warning horn immediately prior to touchdown, but could not prevent the aircraft landing with the gear retracted. When the pilot purchased the aircraft it had been fitted with an unguarded switch type circuit breaker adjacent to the gear selector handle, and a receptacle for a remote gear switch. These modifications, which had not been approved by the Department of Aviation, were apparently designed to allow the gear to be raised or lowered from outside the aircraft during maintenance checks when the aircraft was supported by jacks. When selecting the gear down on this occasion, the pilot had evidently knocked the circuit breaker to the "off" position, removing electrical power to the circuit. Neither the pilot nor the passenger, who held a current Commercial Pilot Licence, realised that there were no aural or aerodynamic indications associated with the extension of the gear into the airstream when the gear was selected down.

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General details
Date: 05 July 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2218 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Sydney Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 19 March 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310 
Aircraft registration: VH-EDK 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Deniliquin NSW
Departure time:2025
Destination:Sydney NSW
 
 
 
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