Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177RG, VH-TXG, Archerfield QLD, 25 February 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 06 January 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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