This November 2008 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 Bonanza. Injuries: None. Location: Port Townsend, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot decided to make a straight-in VFR approach to the non-controlled airport. There was traffic departing from the airport during the Bonanza’s approach. The pilot said he became distracted while discussing that traffic with his passenger and did not use the pre-landing checklist. As a result, he failed to lower the gear prior to landing.
Probable cause: The failure to lower the landing gear prior to landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to use a checklist and the distraction caused by the discussion with the passenger.
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