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The pilot was conducting a a private pleasure flight combined with a navigation exercise. In the Shepparton circuit, he inadvertently missed extending the landing gear during the downwind checks and forgot to confirm that the gear was down on final. Consequently he landed with the landing gear retracted. In hindsight, the pilot suspects that he might have been preoccupied with business related matters after an extremely busy time at work during the past week.
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General details
Date: 26 May 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:04 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 06 June 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32R-300 
Aircraft registration: VH-IWL 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bendigo Vic
Destination:Shepparton Vic
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