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After arrival in the Maroochydore circuit area the pilot was unable to extend the landing gear by normal or emergency methods. A visual check from the control tower confirmed that the wheels were only partially extended. The pilot was advised by the tower controller to divert to Archerfield for a landing. The aircraft was subsequently landed at Archerfield on the grass alongside Runway 10 left. Investigation revealed that the aircraft hydraulic system had been fitted with low pressure hose instead of high pressure hose. The supply hose to the "up" side of the nosewheel actuator had burst under system pressure allowing the hydraulic fluid to escape.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1413  
Location:Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 January 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 177 
Aircraft registration: VH-TXG 
Serial number: 177RG0392 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Surfers Gardens QLD
Departure time:1206
Destination:Maroochydore QLD
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