Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-R180, VH-PXL, Caloundra QLD, 23 October 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 03 November 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014