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The aircraft was cruising 1000 feet above ground level, to remain clear of cloud, when the windscreen was suddenly covered with oil. The pilot transmitted a MAYDAY call and attempted to make a forced landing on the Great Eastern Highway. During an attempt to expedite the landing, because of approaching traffic, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear and the aircraft touched down with the landing gear retracted before skidding off the road and into the bush. The oil had been released through an unsecured oil filler cap.
General details
Date: 16 August 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 8:20 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 14 October 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28R-201T 
Aircraft registration: VH-PWX 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kalgoorlie WA
Destination:Jandakot WA
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