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The pilot had considerable rotary wing but limited fixed wing experience, was undergoing type endorsement training. He was carrying out touch and go landings under instruction on runway 30, with a wind of 300/12 gusting up to 22 knots. After completion of a touch and go, it is probable that the landing gear was raised inadvertently and the aircraft settled back onto the runway. The right and left main landing gear push rods, the landing gear mounting brackets and the landing gear motor mounting brackets were damaged at that time and both propellers touched the runway surface. The instructor took control, the landing gear was selected up, however the gear intransit light remained on. A fly past the tower confirmed that the right landing gear was hanging at about 45 degrees. While performing the emergency lowering procedures, it was noted that the landing gear motor circuit breaker had popped. The mirror showed the nose gear locked down, but a green light could not be obtained. An approach and landing was then made on the grass parallel with runway 30. Both main landing gear collapsed on touch down although the nosegear remained down and locked. The aircraft skidded for about 250 metres and stopped upright.

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General details
Date: 07 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1030  
Location:Canberra Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 16 August 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-30 
Aircraft registration: VH-WVL 
Serial number: 30-1986 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:0930
Destination:Canberra ACT
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