Aircraft: Beech G35. Injuries: None. Location: Brenham, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land at a busy non-towered airport, encountered a strong gusty headwind during the approach.
Distracted by the headwind, he forgot to extend the landing gear.
After the airplane came to a stop, he removed his electronic noise-canceling headphones and he then heard the landing gear warning horn, which was not wired into the audio inter-phone system.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear during the approach, resulting in a gear-up landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN11CA212
This February 2011 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.