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Prior to landing, the landing gear was selected down and the pilot reported that he had normal down and locked indications including illumination of the single green light, the visual arrow indicating down and the nosewheel visually checked down via an external mirror. On the landing roll the left wing lowered until the propeller and wingtip hit the runway. After the aircraft came to a stop, the pilot got out to find the left main gear had not extended. Investigation revealed that on this particular aircraft model, the single green light that indicates the landing gear is down and locked, is activated by a switch which closes when the actuator has moved to its full extent of travel. Further investigation revealed that the actuator arm linking the actuator to the left main gear was bent. This prevented the arm from extending the left main gear. The reason the actuator arm was bent was not determined.
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General details
Date: 07 January 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:53 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 19 June 1994 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: D55 
Aircraft registration: VH-ILR 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Smithton, TAS
Destination:Essendon, VIC
 
 
 
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