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On 22 August 2012, a Skippers Aviation Fairchild SA227-DC aircraft, registered VH-WBQ, was being operated on a charter passenger flight from Perth to Granny Smith aerodrome, Western Australia.

The aircraft arrived at the aerodrome and joined the circuit. When on downwind, the landing gear was extended, with the crew confirming that the three green down-locked lights were illuminated. The crew again confirmed, on a number of occasions, that the landing gear was extended.

During the landing flare, the left wing suddenly dropped. The first officer immediately applied right aileron in an attempt to counteract the wing drop and the aircraft touched down. After shutdown, the crew inspected the aircraft and determined that the left propeller had contacted the ground.

The aircraft operator examined the aircraft and believed that there was uncommanded retraction of the left landing gear on, or just after touchdown. The reason for the uncommanded retraction could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 22 August 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0640 WST  
Location   (show map):Granny Smith aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Ground strike 
Release date: 20 December 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227 
Aircraft registration: VH-WBQ 
Serial number: DC-884B 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Perth, WA
Destination:Granny Smith, WA
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