These October 2009 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Seminole. Injuries: None. Location: Grand Forks, N.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident occurred during an instructional flight. The student was practicing landings with a flight instructor on board. The instructor reported that he became distracted and forgot to ensure that the landing gear was extended before landing. He heard the gear warning horn before touchdown, but he did not realize that the landing gear was not down until it was too late.
Probable cause: The flight instructor’s failure to ensure the landing gear was extended prior to landing.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: CEN10CA026