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The pilot was demonstrating a short field landing to his instructor during a Biennial Flight Review. On late final approach, the instructor twice shouted at the pilot that the gear was not down and when the pilot reached for the throttle the instructor thought that they were about to go around. Instead, the pilot closed the throttle resulting in a wheels up landing.
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General details
Date: 27 May 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:13 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 23 July 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24-250 
Aircraft registration: VH-SME 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maryborough QLD
Destination:Maryborough QLD
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