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The aircraft was being flown for the purpose of endorsing the pilot-under-training. The upper airwork had been completed and a flapless approach and touch and go landing was to be the final circuit sequence. On the downwind leg the instructor pilot called out the pre-landing checklist, which was apparently complied with by the pilot-under-training. At about this time the pilot-under-training was also involved with obtaining an onwards airways clearance through Flight Service. The aircraft was flared normally, but settled onto the runway with the landing gear retracted. The landing gear selector was found to have been in the up position. The pilot-in-command said the landing gear warning horn was not heard prior to touchdown.

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General details
Date: 19 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1425  
Location:Bathurst Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 12 March 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-TNP 
Serial number: 31T-7920026 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bathurst NSW
Departure time:1420
Destination:Bathurst NSW
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