Incident Beechcraft D55 VH-ILM, 18 May 1985
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214345
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft D55
Registration: VH-ILM
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brampton Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YBPN
Destination airport:Brampton Island, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After the pilot selected the gear down, he observed that the single gear position indicator light indicated that the gear was down. During the landing roll, as the aircraft slowed down, the left wingtip and left propeller contacted the strip. Subsequent inspection of the aircraft revealed that the left main gear was in the up position. The left gear uplock bracket-block had recently been repaired but the forward hole had been drilled slightly off centre. This caused the bracket to tilt rearward and the block to slip off the uplock roller face and jam against the roller retaining bolt. When the gear was selected down the gear motor drove against the jammed uplock and bent the left retract rod. This allowed the motor to complete its extension cycle and indicate a gear down condition because the indicator switches are located on the activator housing and not at each gear leg.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

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10-Aug-2018 23:56 Pineapple Added

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