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The pilot had been instructed by air traffic control (ATC) to make a straight in approach for landing on runway 03. The aircraft joined the circuit on long final as ATC cleared another aircraft for departure from that runway. While carrying out his pre-landing checks the pilot became concerned that the other aircraft's pilot was being too slow commencing her take-off run, and was still lined up at the runway threshold when the aircraft arrived on short final. ATC instructed that pilot not to delay. Just as the pilot was preparing to carry out a go-around the other aircraft commenced to take-off, so he continued his approach. During this time he had become so engrossed with the other aircraft, and planning alternate action, that he failed to complete his pre-landing checks and forgot to lower the landing gear. The aircraft landed wheels up on the runway.
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General details
Date: 26 June 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:15 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 24 September 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402B 
Aircraft registration: VH-BYN 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Destination:Parafield SA
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