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The flight was intended to provide a dual check for a pilot to satisfy company and insurance requirements, and to enable a test flight to be carried out, following extensive maintenance on the aircraft. After a normal takeoff, the aircraft made a brief flight to the training area before returning for landing. The landing gear was selected down and normal safe gear down indications were obtained (three green lights and no warning horn). The safe indications were again confirmed during the final approach phase. The aircraft touched down normally on the maingear, but as the nose was lowered, the nosegear collapsed. The subsequent investigation revealed that the nosegear actuator had been incorrectly assembled. The nosegear downlock switch had been adjusted to compensate for the error in the actuator. This resulted in the failure of the nosegear to fully extend to the locked position, while providing a false gear down indication in the cockpit.

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General details
Date: 25 June 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1332  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 27 June 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 414 
Aircraft registration: VH-BJJ 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:1320
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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