The pilot reported that, during his first approach to land at the airport in Granby, Colorado, he performed a go-around due to excess speed on final approach. He added that he retracted the landing gear and flaps and remained in the traffic pattern.
During the second landing, he extended the flaps and reduced power for a normal landing, but during the landing flare, he heard the propeller strike the runway, and the Cessna 210 skidded to a stop.
The pilot reported that he “simply forgot to check if the landing gear was down on the second landing attempt.”
The fuselage sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear before landing.
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA221
This April 2017 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.
bernard coleman says
final is clear check the gear
Randy Coller says
And our insurance rates go up.
Steve R says
Gear warning horn????
He forgot to listen to it.
Warren Webb Jr says
No gear control movement abeam the numbers, gear motor noise, gear thump lock, drag and speed reduction, visual check, different descent performance, no verbal ‘green light’ callout on final. It is amazing what a distraction can do and retract pilots need to remember that go-arounds are one of the most frequent distractions.
Warren Webb Jr says
Steve, correct. But with heavy singles, some landings are done power-on, resulting in the power being reduced in the flare or even at touchdown. That may associate the gear warning horn with the stall warning horn and not raise any alarms. As I have seen recommended a number of times, the gear maybe should be left down on go-arounds. However that could be a tough call because there are some go-arounds where climb performance over obstacles is an issue. Important concepts here include that the pilot realizes the additional hazards associated with go-arounds, never fails to follow standard procedure, and adding to my previous list, doesn’t descend below pattern altitude without the gear down. Hopefully if you have a list of gear-down checks, at least one will raise a red flag.