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The pilot had positioned at Tindal from Victoria River Downs and embarked eight passengers for Delamere. On arrival at Delamere, the nosegear would not extend. Despite all attempts to extend the gear, the landing gear position indicator continued to indicate an unsafe position for the nosegear. The pilot elected to return for a landing at Tindal. A flypast of the tower revealed that the maingear wheels and nosegear doors were extended but the nosegear was still fully retracted. The pilot decided to land with the gear in that configuration. A successful landing was carried out and the runway under the aircraft was foamed when the aeroplane came to rest. A subsequent inspection revealed that the front right-hand nosegear door was installed incorrectly. This door had been installed in a position one hinge serration rearward of its correct position. That door then fouled the rear right-hand nosegear door which in turn prevented the nosegear leg from extending. On removal of the front right-hand nosegear door, the nosegear leg fell free and locked into the DOWN position. The aircraft logbook showed no entry for the removal and replacement of the nosegear door but the aircraft showed evidence of having been recently repainted.

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General details
Date: 19 May 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1627  
Location:Tindal Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 05 December 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aero Commander 
Aircraft model: 681 
Aircraft registration: VH-JWO 
Serial number: 6039 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Delamere NT
Departure time:1514
Destination:Tindal NT
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