This April 2009 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 A36TC. Injuries: None. Location: Roseburg, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, while on the downwind leg for landing he used the airplane’s checklist, but deferred putting the landing gear down. He did not refer to the checklist again. The pilot said his attention was focused outside the cockpit, and he forgot to lower the landing gear. The airplane came down on its belly and slid to a stop.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to follow the landing checklist, which resulted in a gear up landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s diverted attention.
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