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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 23 June 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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