Investigation number
AO-2024-031
Occurrence date
Location
Williamtown Airport
State
New South Wales
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Wheels up landing
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a landing gear malfunction involving a King Air B200, VH-XDV, at Williamtown Airport, New South Wales, on 13 May 2024.

During climb, the pilot received an unsafe landing gear indication as the landing gear failed to retract correctly. The landing gear then failed to correctly extend. The pilot circled to burn off fuel before returning to Williamtown. The pilot conducted a wheels-up landing resulting in airframe and powerplant damage. 

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve evaluation of the landing gear fault, interviewing involved parties, the examination of maintenance records, and the collection of other relevant information.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Williamtown Airport, NSW
Destination
Port Macquarie Airport, NSW
Model
B200
Serial number
BB-1100
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-XDV
Operation type
Part 135 Air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Beech Aircraft Corp
Aircraft Operator
Eastern Air Link Pty Ltd