Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA30, VH-WVL, Canberra Airport ACT, 7 July 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Australian Capital Territory   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 16 August 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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