Beech BE76 Duchess, G-GDMW, 6 February 2013
Beech BE76 Duchess, G-GDMW
During takeoff, the aircraft’s landing gear partially retracted. The most likely cause was that the landing gear selector lever had been inadvertently selected to UP, which may have arisen through contact with the pilot’s knee as he made rudder inputs in a brisk crosswind. A safety switch linked to airspeed prevented actual retraction until the airspeed rose above the triggering value during takeoff. A detent system designed to prevent inadvertent operation of the gear lever was not effective.
Beech BE76 Duchess, G-GDMW 5-2013.pdf (332.05 kb)
Published: 10 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 6 February 2013