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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 18 July 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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
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