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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] Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 23 November 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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