Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: None. Location: Willmar, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing solo takeoffs and landings. On the third approach he extended his downwind leg to provide spacing for another airplane.
He said that he forgot to lower the landing gear and inadvertently landed with the gear up.
He reported that the landing gear warning activated, however, he thought it was the stall warning.
Probable cause: The pilot landed without lowering the landing gear.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA136
This January 2012 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.