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The pilot was cleared to conduct a straight in approach at the destination aerodrome. At a position 15 kilometres from touchdown, he commenced the prelanding checks and selected gear down. The gear selector panel indication of three green lights and a visual inspection from the cockpit windows, which included the use of an engine cowl mounted mirror to view the nose landing gear, confirmed that the landing gear was fully extended. Shortly after touchdown, the right main gear collapsed causing the aircraft to veer from the runway. An inspection of the gear and its systems revealed two defects which are considered to have contributed to this accident. The throttle warning horn had been rendered unserviceable due to a blown fuse in the warning system electrical circuit. The down-lock pin had failed to locate in the lower dragstay due to a worn bearing, allowing the stay to be misaligned from the lock pin. The down-lock microswitch is attached to the lower dragstay and does not come into contact with the down-lock pin. It is therefore possible for the gear to be fully extended, the electrical circuit to be made and three greens indicating, but for the down-lock pin to be disengaged. It is considered that the gear extended fully prior to touchdown, providing the pilot with three green indications, but remained in an unlocked state due to the misalignment of the lock assembly. As the weight of the aircraft transferred onto the gear during the landing roll, the unlocked gear collapsed. The pilot was deprived of an aural warning, due to the failed aural warning electrical warning circuit. The investigation also revealed a potential problem with the main gear ground handling lock pin system, which is used to prevent the down-lock pin from dislocating. If the down-lock pin has not correctly located in the lower dragstay, the ground handling pin is ineffective. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1556  
Location:Coffs Harbour Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 17 March 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beagle Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: B206 
Aircraft registration: VH-UNL 
Serial number: B206-047 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Coolangatta QLD
Departure time:1405
Destination:Coffs Harbour NSW
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