Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rockwell Aero Commander 500S, VH-MEH, Charters Towers QLD [*DR], 23 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been conducting a six and a half hour low level survey flight. He stated that on joining the circuit, at the completion of the flight, he lowered the landing gear and obtained a gear down indication. The gear indication was again checked on final approach but during the subsequent landing roll, as the nosewheel was being lowered to the runway, the landing gear handle in the cockpit sprung to the up position. The landing gear retracted and the aircraft slide to a halt on its undersurface. An inspection of the aircraft could find no pre-impact defect with the landing gear or its systems which could have contributed to this inadvertent retraction. The landing gear was found to be capable of normal operation. The reason for the selector deselection remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 23 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1815    
Location: Charters Towers QLD [*DR]    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 23 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aero Commander  
Aircraft model 500  
Aircraft registration VH-MEH  
Serial number 3258  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Charters Towers QLD  
Departure time 1145  
Destination Charters Tower QLD