Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 34 Seneca, VH-SET, Merimbula NSW, 5 May 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After a gear down selection the nosegear "down-and-locked" indicator light failed to come on. Further efforts to obtain a down and locked indication were unsuccessful. Ground observers confirmed that the nose landing gear had failed to extend. The pilot elected to make a wheels up landing on the runway. After touch down the aircraft skidded off the runway and came to rest on its belly in soft grass. Advice was subsequently received that no positive cause could be found for the landing gear extension failure.

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General details
Date: 05 May 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 530    
Location: Merimbula    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 18 July 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-34  
Aircraft registration VH-SET  
Serial number 34-7350239  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bairnsdale VIC  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Merimbula NSW