Investigation number
199300238
Occurrence date
State
Queensland
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Aviation occurrence type
Wheels up landing
Occurrence category
Accident

On selecting the landing gear up after takeoff, the pilot reported hearing an unusual noise from the nosegear area. Cockpit gear position indicators did not illuminate and the nosegear mechanical indicator showed the gear leg to be in the three-quarter down position. The position of the landing gear was checked from the ground on arrival overhead the destination and the observer advised the pilot that the nosegear appeared to be trailing and the maingear legs did not appear to be fully extended. The pilot elected to divert to Weipa to avail himself of emergency services at that location. The aircraft was subsequently landed with the landing gear retracted. All the occupants evacuated the aircraft uninjured. Subsequent inspection of the aircraft, by a company engineer, found that all three legs of the landing gear were in the up position. The nosegear actuator rod-end fitting was broken (the failure of the rod-end probably caused the noise heard by the pilot on gear retraction). The gear was cycled several times using both the normal and emergency systems but no fault was found with the maingear or the position indicators when the gear lever and gear position were the same. It would appear possible that the pilot inadvertently raised the gear using the emergency extension system prior to landing at Weipa.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Horn Island QLD
Destination
Yam Island QLD
Model
D55
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-ENC
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Beech Aircraft Corp