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The aircraft was observed to become airborne from runway 33 and then to lose altitude with the landing gear extended. The descent was continued, causing concern to the tower controller who activated the crash alarm. After the crew were asked and had confirmed that operations were normal the aircraft landing gear was retracted and it began to climb.

The investigation found that the flaps had been retracted at the time when the landing gear is normally retracted. Neither pilot had any recollection of making the selection, nor were they aware that the flaps were retracting, until after the stall warning activated during the climb after takeoff.

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General details
Date: 11 December 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1128 hours EST  
Location   (show map):1 km NNW Cairns, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration 
Release date: 15 August 1999 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: British Aerospace PLC 
Aircraft model: BAe 146 
Aircraft registration: VH-NJL 
Serial number: E3213 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Cairns, QLD
Departure time:1128 hours EST
Destination:Ayers Rock, NT
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerATPL53513764
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