This is an excerpt from a report made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System. The narrative is written by the pilot, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many details, such as aircraft model or airport, are often scrubbed from the reports.
Approximately four minutes after takeoff, the Mooney M-20 J’s engine lost oil pressure while performing a test flight.
As a result of the mechanical problems, the pilot was trying to get back to the runway and make a landing before the engine was ruined.
He became so focused on making the runway and saving the engine that he forgot to lower the landing gear, which resulted in a gear-up landing, which resulted in a prop strike and minimal damage to the airplane.
The pilot did not have any injuries.
Primary Problem: Aircraft