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On arrival in the destination area the pilot was unable to obtain a down and locked indication for the landing gear. An inspection from another aircraft indicated that the left gear was only partially extended and the pilot elected to divert to Bankstown. All further efforts to lower the gear fully by normal or emergency means were unsuccessful, and the gear ultimately jammed in the mid-position. A safe landing was subsequently made, with the aircraft touching down on a grass undershoot area and sliding to a stop on the selected runway. The pilot had been unable to extend the gear electrically because of a rigging fault in the nosegear mechanism. Manual extension had not been possible because of chipped edges on the tooth and slot of the hand cranking mechanism. The damage to the tooth and slot was considered to have resulted from some previous occasion, when the manual handle had inadvertently been left engaged during electrical operation of the gear. The crank handle, rotating at high speed, had probably come into contact with an object on the cabin floor.

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General details
Date: 17 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1645 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Bankstown Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 09 February 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-EHN 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moruya NSW
Departure time:1645
Destination:Nowra NSW
 
 
 
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