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In the circuit area at Ararat the landing gear failed to extend. After two attempts to recycle, both hydraulic flow lights illuminated indicating loss of hydraulic fluid. The aircraft returned to Essendon where the landing gear was extended by the emergency system and the aircraft landed safely. Hydraulic oil was leaking from the right wing root area. Investigation showed that an aluminium high pressure pipe had fractured due to fatigue. The pipe was replaced with a flexible hose in accordance with a locally approved modification.
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General details
Date: 29 January 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:20 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hydraulic 
Release date: 26 May 1993 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 404 
Aircraft registration: VH-BPO 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Warrnambool VIC
Destination:Ararat VIC
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