Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA30, VH-CON, Bankstown NSW, 23 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During a training sequence, the pilot in command simulated a failure of the left engine. The pilot under check correctly identified the failed engine, and applied full right rudder to counter the effects of yaw. The flight then continued normally, but the crew were later unable to obtain a down and locked indication for the landing gear. An inspection from another aircraft revealed that the gear was only partly extended, with the nosewheel turned to the right. After all efforts to lower the gear were unsuccessful, a safe wheels-up landing was made. It was later discovered that there was a rigging fault in the nosewheel steering and rudder system. This had allowed a roller, which normally engages in a channel to centre the nosegear during retractions, to move outside the channel when full right rudder was applied. This had resulted in jamming of the nosegear.

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General details
Date: 23 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230 Approx    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 25 March 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-30  
Aircraft registration VH-CON  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Sydney NSW  
Departure time 1230 Approx  
Destination West Maitland NSW