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Approximately 30 minutes into the flight, the pilot realised that the aircraft performance was less than expected. The pilot and passenger then observed the landing gear had not fully retracted and was in a trailing position. Upon arrival at the destination, several unsuccessful recycles were attempted and low level passes made for inspection purposes. Further unsuccessful attempts were made to extend and/or retract the landing gear. The aircraft made an approach with the landing gear trailing. During the landing flare, the landing gear folded into the retract positions and the aircraft settled firmly onto the grass flight strip. The investigation concluded that a metal saddle supporting the landing gear hydraulic lines had worn loose. A section of that line had then become chafed from contacting the main landing gear assembly during extension/retraction cycles. Eventually the line fractured, resulting in loss of hydraulic fluid. Subsequent attempts to recycle the landing gear depleted the hydraulic reservoir, leaving the landing gear in the trailing position.

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General details
Date: 02 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300  
Location:Jandakot Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 25 October 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 177 
Aircraft registration: VH-JYH 
Serial number: 177RG0316 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kalbarri Authorised Landing Area WA
Departure time:1015
Destination:Jandakot Airport WA
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