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The pilot reported that he had an electrical failure whilst enroute to Albany. He elected to continue the flight on battery power. The pilot reported the night landing at Albany was normal but that the nosewheel had collapsed during the landing role and the aircraft had slid to a stop on its nose. An engineer who inspected the aircraft reported that the aircraft had suffered a heavy landing damaging both the nosewheel retraction/extension rod and the rear, lower fuselage tie down point. The nosewheel had collapsed because the retraction/extension rod had failed in overload. It is possible the pilot, deprived of normal cockpit illumination by low battery power, misjudged the approach and allowed the aircraft to land heavily.
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General details
Date: 03 February 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 18:15 WST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 14 December 1995 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: A36 
Aircraft registration: VH-PDS 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Perth WA
Destination:Albany WA
 
 
 
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