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The pilot had just purchased the aircraft. He reported that when the landing gear was selected down, in the Maitland circuit, the nosegear failed to extend. All attempts to lower the landing gear using both normal and emergency procedures were unsuccessful. The aircraft subsequently diverted to Bankstown where an emergency landing was carried out with the nosegear retracted. It was later found that the nosegear door forward actuating linkage had travelled into an overcentre position, preventing the nosegear doors from opening and the nose leg from extending. A mandatory service bulletin was issued by the manufacturer in October 1989 to improve the reliability of the nosegear door mechanism and to minimise the possibility of the nosegear not extending. The service bulletin was not the subject of an Airworthiness Directive in this country. No evidence was found to indicate the landing gear had been modified.

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General details
Date: 11 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1700  
Location   (show map):Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 11 June 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 76 
Aircraft registration: VH-HZG 
Serial number: ME151 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Port Macquarie NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Maitland NSW
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