Experienced Pilot Does Wheels Up Landing

This video is a recreation of an actual Air Crash Investigation involving a Beechcraft Duchess BE76. The experienced pilot, with over 1,500 hours, landed with the Landing Gear in the retracted position. NTSB Aircraft Accident Investigation Case GAA18CA239.

On April 27th 2018, two experienced flight instructors flew a Beechcraft Duchess BE76 from Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) for the purpose of training the Pilot in a Multi-Engine and retractable gear aircraft for the first time.

The conditions were VFR, with wind 210 / 9 knots and the visibility was very good. The pilot under instruction elected to use RWY 20.

The Flight Instructor had approximately 912 hours total flight time. The pilot under instruction, who is also a qualified Flight Instructor, had approximately 1,531 hours total flight time. Although this is the Pilots first time operating a Multi-Engine aircraft and experience with a Retractable Gear System onboard the aircraft.

On the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, as part of the introduction to Multi-Engine aircraft, the Flight Instructor asked the Pilot to shutdown the Left Engine to simulate a Single-Engine Emergency Landing. The Pilot asked a series of questions during the procedure.The aircraft landed with the Landing Gear still in the retracted position.

The Flight Instructor reported that they both had become distracted and forgot to extend the landing gear.

Neither the Flight Instructor or the Pilot were injured, however the aircraft sustained substantial damage. There was no fire as a result of the wheels up landing.

The NTSB investigation findings concluded that the accident happened as a result of the Pilot failing to extend the Landing Gear. Also, the Flight Instructors inadequate supervision and failure to ensure the landing gear was extended.

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The official NTSB report is Accident Number GAA18CA239, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

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Ashley Wincer

An Indianapolis based Australian working towards building flight time to meet the US ATP requirements. Currently works full time as a contractor for multiple Part 121 US Airlines. Previously has worked as a US Flight Dispatcher, Ramp Agent and Operations Ramp Controller.

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