According to the pilot, during his approach to land at the airport in Robbinsville, New Jersey, he was distracted by an air traffic conflict.
As he monitored the conflict, he forgot to use his pre-landing checklist and subsequently failed to extend the landing gear on the Questair Venture.
He believed that he had an opportunity to catch the problem, but was concerned about the other aircraft in the traffic pattern. The airplane landed gear up and slid to a stop on the runway.
The FAA inspector who responded to the scene confirmed the structural damage to the belly of the airplane.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear prior to landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the lower fuselage. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to utilize the aircraft checklist.
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This October 2021 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.