Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wheels up landing involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-34-200T, VH-CGS, Murray Bridge, (ALA), SA on 18 January 1997

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot stated that he had experienced a landing gear retraction problem the previous week which was checked by an LAME but no faults found. On the day of the occurrence he decided to fly a circuit to verify the landing gear operation. After takeoff the landing gear retracted normally. The pilot continued with the circuit, maintaining separation with an ultralight aircraft also operating in the circuit area. On the downwind leg the pilot reported the aircraft suffered a radio problem which he attempted to rectify while still maintaining a lookout for the ultralight aircraft. This allowed his attention to be diverted from operating the aircraft and failure to carry out the pre-landing checks, including landing gear extension, resulting in a wheels up landing.
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General details
Date: 18 January 1997   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 10:30 CSuT    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 31 January 1997   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-34-200T  
Aircraft registration VH-CGS  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Murray Bridge SA  
Destination Murray Bridge SA