Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210-M, VH-AQH, Port Macquarie NSW, 17 September 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was undergoing a ninety day flight check. On the downwind leg of the second circuit when the landing gear was selected down, the nosegear extended and locked but both maingear legs remained retracted. Attempts to manually pump the maingear down were unsuccessful and the nosegear could not be retracted. The instructor landed the aircraft on the grass with the nosegear extended and the maingear retracted. Subsequent investigation revealed the aircraft hydraulic system had suffered a total fluid loss. The loss occurred from a hole in a hydraulic down line caused by abrasion from a rudder cable fork end.

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General details
Date: 17 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1513    
Location: Port Macquarie    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 22 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-AQH  
Serial number 21062843  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Port Macquarie NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Port Macquarie NSW