Pilot, CFI forget to lower gear

This May 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Beech Sierra Injuries: None. Location: Boise, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A pilot receiving instruction and a CFI were practicing engine-out approaches in a retractable gear airplane. On the last approach the pilot failed to lower the landing gear.

The CFI did not lower the landing gear. During the landing flare the stall warning horn activated followed by the activation of the gear warning horn. The gear warning horn had not activated during the power-off approach, despite the fact the landing gear was not deployed.

The CFI immediately took the controls and attempted to add full power, but the pilot’s hand on the controls prevented him from achieving full throttle application. The CFI was only able to add approximately half power. The airplane subsequently landed gear-up.

Probable cause:The pilot’s failure to properly configure the landing gear for landing and the flight instructor’s inadequate supervision.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: WPR10CA270


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  1. Luis A. LLambias says

    Having survived instruction given by multiple CFIs over my Private, Commercial, and Flight Instruction certificates, (*not to mentioned Bi-Annual check-rides and the Instrument rating), I would say it is HARD to find serious, safe, committed Instructors who are truly interested in instructing versus accumulating hours towards a “better” occupation.. This Instructor seems to be one the easy to find…

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