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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Bankstown Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 25 March 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
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
 
 
 
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