Failure to use checklist contributes to gear-up landing

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Culpeper, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: While on approach to the destination airport, the pilot moved the landing gear handle to the “down” position and noted that the green landing gear down-and-locked light didn’t illuminate. He recycled the landing gear several times but still the lights did not illuminate.

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Mag malfunction leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Piper Arrow III. Injuries: 3 Minor. Location: Kalispell, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane had just taken off and was at an altitude between 300 and 500 feet AGL over a residential area when the engine started to sputter and lose power.

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Hand-propping results in wild ride for passenger

Aircraft: Alon A2. Injuries: None. Location: Forks, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot planned on starting his airplane by hand-propping, because the battery was dead. After loading his passenger, he set the throttle and the parking brake, but he did not tie down the airplane or place chocks in front of its wheels.

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Nose-gear mishap for Bellanca

Aircraft: Bellanca Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Kansas City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during landing.

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Fast descent leads to bad bounce

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Mokuleia, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the approach to landing.

According to the pilot, as the airplane approached the runway, he realized that the descent rate was higher than normal. He was unable to stop the rapid descent and the airplane touched down hard, bounced, and began to porpoise.

He attempted to abort the landing, but the airplane yawed left, and the nose hit the ground, which caused the Cessna to nose over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the vertical stabilizer.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and inadequate recovery from a bounced landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA088

This February 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.

Wake turbulence tumbles Mooney

Aircraft: Mooney M20. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Fayetteville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was in the traffic pattern for landing and was informed by the tower air traffic controller that there was a Gulfstream at his one o’clock position on a five-mile final approach.

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Lights distract pilot

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Swainsboro, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at night in visual meteorological conditions. The runway lights were set on high intensity, which diluted the threshold lights.

The airplane hit trees during final approach about 2,400 feet before the runway threshold.

The pilot stated he was distracted by the red localizer antenna hazard lights, which are located 750 feet ahead of the runway.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain the proper glide-path during final approach in night visual meteorological conditions, which resulted in a collision with trees.

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA190

This February 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.

Snow on runway catches Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: South Fork, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a runway that had several patches of snow on it.

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Hand-propped airplane escapes

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Hebron, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that he could not start the engine using the electric starter, so he decided to attempt to hand-prop it.

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Low-altitude manuever goes bad

Aircraft: Aventura II. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Laceys Spring, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was said to have logged 700 hours, including about 10 flights in the accident airplane. However, his most recent flight review was completed nearly six years prior to the accident and he did not possess the required rating to operate the seaplane. There was no record of the pilot receiving any flight training in any other seaplane.

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