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The pilot was conducting his first solo flight in the aircraft type following a short dual check. During his return to Moorabbin he noted what he considered to be a radio failure. He was concerned because of approaching last light, and made a no-radio entry return to the aerodrome. He made two circuits during which he attempted to extend the gear and flaps using their normal, electrically powered, systems. Although unable to obtain a gear down indication and because he was of the opinion that the problem was related solely to the radios, he elected to land the aircraft without considering the use of the emergency gear extension system. The aircraft subsequently touched down with both gear and flap retracted. Investigation revealed that the aircraft battery was discharged. The pilot had not turned on the alternator field switch during the pre-start or pre-taxy checks. He was surprised to learn of the existence of the field switch when it was mentioned during the subsequent interview.

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General details
Date: 10 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1730  
Location:Moorabbin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 30 October 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 24 
Aircraft registration: VH-EDN 
Serial number: MC557 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin
Departure time:1610
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