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After completing a sequence of touch and go circuits the aircraft returned to the parking area. The pilot was performing a pre-shutdown hydraulic pressure check when he inadvertently selected the landing gear to the UP position and the nose gear retracted. Investigation determined that the landing gear selector ground safety lock was out of rig and allowed the selector to move to the UP position whilst the aircraft was on the ground.
General details
Date: 24 December 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:50 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration 
Release date: 13 September 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-BEB 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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Last update 24 July 2015