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As the pilot approached his destination he was advised that he was number three in the landing sequence. A visual, straight-in approach was made in clear, dark conditions. After receiving a landing clearance a normal flare was made, and it was not until the aircraft settled onto the runway surface that the pilot realised that the gear was retracted. At the end of the landing slide, the pilot turned off the master electrical switch and vacated the aircraft. He had made no attempt to alert the Control Tower to the fact that the aircraft was disabled on the runway. The controller, not seeing any lights indicating that the runway was obstructed, cleared a waiting Cessna 172 for take-off. Only prompt action by the instructor in this aircraft prevented a collision with the stationary aircraft.

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General details
Date: 10 June 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 30 July 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ted Smith Aerostar Corp. 
Aircraft model: 600 
Aircraft registration: VH-WRV 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Orange NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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