Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech A36, Pickertaramoor NT, 10 October 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On arrival at his destination, the pilot joined the circuit on the downwind leg and used the pitch lever to signal his arrival to the ground party. He then distracted himself by cancelling his SAR watch by radio. By this time he had flown past the windsock and it was no longer in view. This distraction continued while he tried to recall the wind direction and decide if he should go around and check the windsock. Deciding to continue the approach, he positioned the aircraft on final but only carried out his final approach checks in a perfunctory manner and did not positively check the gear down indications. The aircraft subsequently landed wheels up and neither the pilot nor the passengers recalled hearing the undercarriage warning horn sound.

Detailed investigation showed that the warning horn micro-switch actuator on the throttle assembly was defective and of a faulty design. The subject component had been redesigned by the manufacturer, however, the modified component still bore the same identification number as the superseded item. In addition, the component of faulty design was still available in the spares inventory.

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General details
Date: 10 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 931    
Location: Pickertaramoor    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 28 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 36  
Aircraft registration VH-COG  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Darwin NT  
Departure time 0909  
Destination Pickertaramoor NT