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The pilot had intended to enter the circuit for Runway 05 however when he arrived he found that the circuit for Runway 23 was active. One of his passengers asked to fly over a specific area which was located below a wide downwind position. A preceding aircraft was also making a full-stop landing and would require time to backtrack to clear the runway. As a result of these distractions, the pilot forgot the pre-landing checks and landed with the landing gear retracted. He said that he did not use a written checklist while operating the aircraft. The reason the automatic gear system did not operate was not determined. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 800  
Location:Caloundra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 03 November 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PXL 
Serial number: 28R-30338 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Fraser Island QLD
Departure time:715
Destination:Caloundra QLD
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