Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wheels up landing involving a Beech Aircraft Corp E55, VH-INP, Jandakot, Aerodrome, WA on 4 July 1998

Investigation number:
199802551
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The pilot advised ATC that he was experiencing difficulties in obtaining normal extension of the landing gear and requested emergency services to be alerted for the landing. During the landing roll, the right main landing gear collapsed. The pilot and passengers evacuated the aircraft safely. Examination of the aircraft revealed that the right main landing gear retract/extend rod assembly was bent in two places. The rigged length of the rod was critical to the correct "down" locking of the main landing gear, with any rod misalignment resulting in the possibility of landing gear collapse when weight was placed upon it. In addition to rod damage which occurred at the time of the gear collapse, there was evidence of some pre-existing damage. Such damage could result from the inadvertent placement of weight upon the landing gear whilst not correctly "down and locked".It was not possible to determine when this particular damage occurred.
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General details
Date: 04 July 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:51 WST    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 25 November 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model E55  
Aircraft registration VH-INP  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Dongara WA  
Destination Jandakot WA