Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 76 Duchess, VH-BCJ, Wagga NSW, 26 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When the pilot arrived at his planned destination, he was unable to obtain a down and locked indication for the nosewheel. Both normal and emergency means of lowering the gear were employed, but without success. A diversion was made to a more suitable aerodrome, where a safe landing was made with the nosegear retracted. It was determined that the hinge on the left door of the nosegear assembly had seized because of corrosion. On the previous retraction, the door linkages had been forced out of position in such a manner that the gear doors were jammed closed. All required maintenance and inspections had been certified as being completed, and it was not possible to determine how the hinge had become corroded.

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General details
Date: 26 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130 approx    
Location: Wagga    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 30 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 76  
Aircraft registration VH-BCJ  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point West Wyalong NSW  
Departure time 1130 approx  
Destination Narrandera NSW