Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 58, Port Hedland WA, 31 August 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After selecting gear down, a safe indication could not be obtained for the left main gear. The pilot diverted to a more suitable aerodrome, where further attempts to lower that gear also failed. The gear was retracted and a wheels-up landing carried out. The pilot subsequently advised that a similar left gear unsafe indication had occurred 3 landings prior to this particular occurrence, but on that occasion after recycling the gear a normal extension was obtained. The left gear had not been rigged or lubricated in accordance with maintenance instructions, and the left gear uplock roller had seized. A check that the rollers are free to rotate is part of the normal pre-flight inspection. Indications were that neither of the maingear rollers had rotated for some time. There was some doubt that the pilot had been advised of the gear roller check requirement when he was undergoing endorsement training on the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 31 August 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 942    
Location: Port Hedland    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 20 January 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 58  
Aircraft registration VH-WLC  
Serial number TH-977  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Yulara NT  
Departure time 0942  
Destination Telfer WA