Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ERA21LA315

Somerville, NJ, USA

Aircraft #1




The private pilot departed on a short flight to a local airport. He said he made a straight in approach and conducted a before landing checklist. Upon landing, the pilot realized the landing gear was still retracted as the airplane settled onto the runway, resulting in substantial damage to the lower fuselage. A postaccident examination of the airplane’s landing gear and gear warning horn by a mechanic found no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Though the pilot said he used the before-landing checklist, he failed to extend the landing gear and subsequently landed with the gear retracted.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear, which resulted in a gear up landing and substantial damage to the fuselage.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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