The Cessna 177RG pilot reported that he “decided to attempt a gear up glide” to the runway at the airport in Albermarle, N.C.
He recalled that he became fixated on reaching the runway and forgot to extend the landing gear.
The airplane touched down and skidded to a stop on the runway, sustaining substantial damage to the lower fuselage bulkheads.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot recommended adhering to checklists.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper decision to attempt a gear-up glide to the runway and his subsequent failure to extend the landing gear before landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to use a checklist before landing.
This October 2018 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.