Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA24/260B, VH-RTF, Mount Magnet WA, 24 July 1969

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As the speed of the aircraft was too high for the undercarriage to be lowered while downwind, the pilot waited until he was turning onto base leg before moving the undercarriage selector from the "UP" detent. Partial flap was lowered while on the base leg and full flap during an intentional long final approach. This approach had been chosen to enable the pilot to check on a suspected malfunctioning of the electrical trim actuator. No final cockpit checks, as required by the Company Operations Manual, were made during the approach. Some engine power was used throughout the approach and the landing gear warning horn did not sound before the aircraft contacted the runway with the landing gear retracted. The undercarriage selector lever was found in the "neutral" position and subsequent electrical tests of the undercarriage system proved it to be serviceable.
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General details
Date: 24 July 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1122 WST    
Location: Mount Magnet    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 21 October 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-24  
Aircraft registration VH-RTF  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Glen Homestead  
Departure time 1056  
Destination Mount Magnet  
Last update 13 May 2014