Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210M, VH-TIU, Wirribilla (15km SW of Walcha) NSW, 20 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot stated that he carried out a normal circuit at his destination. During the landing roll he selected the flaps up, and then inadvertently selected the landing gear up before realising his mistake and selecting the gear down again. The gear up selection occurred just as the aircraft was travelling over a hump in the strip and it is believed that this, combined with the pilot holding up elevator, caused the weight of the aircraft to come off the wheels. This resulted in the landing gear safety switch becoming ineffective and the gear commencing the retraction sequence. When the aircraft came to rest the nosegear was fully retracted, the left maingear was partially retracted and the right maingear was still down and locked. Subsequent inspection and testing of the landing gear system did not reveal any faults that could have contributed to the occurrence. The pilot stated that he believed he had mistakenly applied the after-takeoff checks instead of the after-landing checks and had selected the gear up instead of opening the cowl flaps. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 20 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1010    
Location: Wirribilla (15km SW of Walcha)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 03 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-TIU  
Serial number 21062324  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Walcha NSW  
Departure time 955  
Destination Wirribilla NSW