Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft BE76, VH-WZA, Parafield Airport SA, 20 July 1990

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Status: Completed
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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    
Location: Parafield Airport    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 10 August 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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