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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  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 25 November 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
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
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