Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beagle 206-2, VH-UNL, Coffs Harbour NSW, 7 February 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 17 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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