Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 58, VH-RLE, Bankstown NSW, 16 July 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that after take-off the landing gear could not be fully retracted. On arrival at Dubbo efforts to lower the gear by normal and emergency means were unsuccessful. The pilot elected to divert to Bankstown and subsequently landed on the partially extended gear. The nosegear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a halt. The brush pigtail in the landing gear electric motor had failed through normal use. The pigtail and its soldered washer had allowed massive arcing to occur, causing the motor and the actuating shaft to seize. The landing gear had been in an intermediate position when this occurred, and because the emergency lowering system is connected to the same actuator shaft, it also became inoperative.

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General details
Date: 16 July 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1708    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 18 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 58  
Aircraft registration VH-RLE  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Warren NSW  
Departure time 1708  
Destination Dubbo NSW