Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 76, Parafield SA, 5 June 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When the pilot selected the gear lever to the down position, only the maingear responded. Attempts to lower the nosegear were unsuccessful and the aircraft was landed with the nosegear retracted. After touchdown both propellers were feathered. However, the right propeller did not stop in the horizontal position and as the nose of the aircraft was lowered the propeller dug into the runway. The right engine was torn from the aircraft and the aircraft slewed to the right, damaging the left wing and propeller. Investigation determined that the cause of the nose gear binding, was inadequate lubrication of the nose gear door hinges. This extra resistance resulted in the actuating mechanism coming out of alignment, which caused the gear to jam. After the engines had stopped rotating, there was insufficient time for the pilot to adjust the positions of the propellers prior to the nose of the aircraft dropping onto the runway.

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General details
Date: 05 June 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: Parafield    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 30 October 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 76  
Aircraft registration VH-RVS  
Serial number ME-274  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time 1300  
Destination Parafield SA  
Last update 13 May 2014