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During a period of circuit training, the instructor simulated an engine failure after takeoff. The instructor disabled the landing gear warning horn system to reduce noise and to ensure that the student would remember to lower the landing gear, which he did when turning onto base leg. Assessing his approach to be high, the student conducted a go-around and retracted the landing gear. The subsequent circuit was abbreviated due to changing traffic and weather conditions. Final checks were completed without confirmation of landing gear position by either pilot. The aircraft was flared normally, but experienced an extended float, which the pilots attributed to a downwind component. After approximately 500-600m the aircraft settled onto the runway with the landing gear fully retracted.

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General details
Date: 20 July 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1503 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Parafield Airport Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: South Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 10 August 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 76 
Aircraft registration: VH-WZA 
Serial number: ME377 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:1400
Destination:Parafield SA
 
 
 
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