Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA24-260, VH-MCW, Toowoomba QLD, 22 November 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot established two-way communications with Brisbane Flight Service Unit whilst taxiing for take-off. After take-off he attempted unsuccessfully to pass a departure message - checks revealed an electrical failure. The pilot elected to return to Toowoomba and noticed enroute that the radio operated intermittently. In the circuit he selected wheels down and stated that he saw the "gear down and locked" indicator illuminate monentarily and heard the gear motor run. The aircraft was subsequently landed wheels up. Investigation revealed that the connector for the battery earth strap was broken, causing an intermittent electrical supply. The pilot had not checked the emergency gear system to verify the position of the gear.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0919    
Location: Toowoomba    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 23 June 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-24  
Aircraft registration VH-MCW  
Serial number 24-5011  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Toowoomba QLD  
Departure time 909  
Destination Coolangatta QLD