Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wheels up landing involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-44-180, VH-JDF, Camden, NSW on 15 April 1994

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being flown on the final phase of the student's multi-engine endorsement training. A general handling period was completed before arriving at Camden to carry out normal and asymmetric circuit procedures. The instructor pilot reported that the first approach was normal but the aircraft touched down firmly on the mainwheels, followed by a firm touchdown on the nosewheel. A touch-and-go was carried out and the landing gear retracted normally after take off. On downwind, during the next circuit, the landing gear extended normally with three green landing gear locked indications. The nose gear was also confirmed to be extended, using the mirror on the right engine nacelle. Both pilots again confirmed three greens during the turn onto final. The touchdown was smooth but the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a halt on its nose. The repair agency later reported that the nose gear downlock was found out of rig to the extent that the hydraulic pump continued cycling with the gear down. It is probable that this condition allowed the nose gear to unlock when it took the weight of the aircraft during landing.
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General details
Date: 15 April 1994   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 12:30 EST    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 10 August 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-44-180  
Aircraft registration VH-JDF  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Destination Camden NSW