Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft D55 Baron, VH-AOM, Palm Island QLD, 2 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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It was the pilot's normal practice to commence descent to the circuit area at a point 10 kilometres from the strip. On this occasion the descent was initiated 4 kilometres from the strip and the aircraft was some distance past the strip when the pilot was ready to conduct the downwind checks. During the checks he elected to leave the landing gear up until the final approach checks. Had the landing gear been extended at the normal point in the check sequence, the pilot expected that he would have to apply extra engine power which he did not wish to do . Shortly after starting the final checks he was distracted by a radio call from another aircraft. He responded to the call and then restarted the final checks, but in the wrong order. The aircraft landed with the flaps fully down and the landing gear retracted. The pilot reported that he did not hear the warning horn.

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General details
Date: 02 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location: Palm Island    
State: Queensland   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 Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 55  
Aircraft registration VH-AOM  
Serial number TE-734  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Townsville QLD  
Departure time 1054  
Destination Palm Island QLD