Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wheels up landing involving a Piper Aircraft Corp 600A, VH-HMV, Coonabarabran, Aerodrome, NSW on 27 October 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot landed the Piper Aerostar with the landing gear in the retracted position. Investigation of the landing gear retraction and extension system, by the operator, failed to identify a problem. The aircraft sustained damage to the propellers, lower fuselage, landing gear doors and lower rudder. Repairs to these areas have been carried out and full retraction tests performed without fault. The aircraft was then returned to service. During the investigation, the pilot reported that when the landing gear was selected down, it did not extend. The pilot later reported to the company that she did not hear the landing gear warning horn, did not confirm that the landing gear was down prior to the landing and did not complete the pre-landing checklist. The company, in consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has instituted a revised check program for its flight crews in response to this accident.
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General details
Date: 27 October 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 17:15 ESuT    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 20 July 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 600A  
Aircraft registration VH-HMV  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Coonamble NSW  
Destination Coonabarabran NSW