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The pilot stated that he had experienced a landing gear retraction problem the previous week which was checked by an LAME but no faults found. On the day of the occurrence he decided to fly a circuit to verify the landing gear operation. After takeoff the landing gear retracted normally. The pilot continued with the circuit, maintaining separation with an ultralight aircraft also operating in the circuit area. On the downwind leg the pilot reported the aircraft suffered a radio problem which he attempted to rectify while still maintaining a lookout for the ultralight aircraft. This allowed his attention to be diverted from operating the aircraft and failure to carry out the pre-landing checks, including landing gear extension, resulting in a wheels up landing.
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General details
Date: 18 January 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:30 CSuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 31 January 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34-200T 
Aircraft registration: VH-CGS 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Murray Bridge SA
Destination:Murray Bridge SA
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