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Wheels up landing involving a Cessna 210, VH-ZMT, Ramingining aerodrome, NT on 4 June 2013

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Status: Completed
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On 4 June 2013, a Cessna 210 aircraft, registered VH-ZMT, departed Elcho Island for Ramingining aerodrome, Northern Territory. The purpose of the flight was to pick up a passenger and return to Elcho Island about 15 minutes prior to last light.

The aircraft arrived at Ramingining and joined the circuit. The pilot completed his pre-landing checks, but inadvertently omitted to lower the landing gear and confirm that it had been extended. When on final, the pilot could not recall conducting his final checks.

During the landing, the pilot reported hearing a scraping sound and noticed that the propeller had come into contact with the ground. He then realised that the aircraft had landed with the landing gear retracted. The pilot stated that the aircraft’s landing gear warning horn did not sound at any stage during the landing.

The pilot reported that he had a difficult passenger on board one of his previous flights and was 20 minutes behind schedule. As a result, the pilot reported that he was keen to get home, which had distracted him somewhat during the flight.

As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator has advised the ATSB that they have issued a Flight Operation Service Notification to all pilots highlighting the requirement to follow checklists, including the pre-landing checklist.

This incident highlights the impact distractions can have on aircraft operations and the need for pilots to remain vigilant when completing checklists.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 23

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General details
Date: 04 June 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1751 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Ramingining aerodrome    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 31 October 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-ZMT  
Serial number 21059880  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Elcho Island, NT  
Destination Ramingining aerodrome, NT  
Last update 14 November 2018