Distraction results in gear-up landing

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.


  1. Ray says

    Warning horn, gear down lights, checklist, what more do you need? Ok maybe a mallet comes out of the panel and bonks you in the head!

  2. says

    It was later reported that several “well endowed” (flashing their wares!) gals from the local Hooter’s were doing a promotion near the approach end of the runway to “attract” the resident pilot population to their owners new pub – guess it worked!

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