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Lancair 360, N15EG: Accident occurred August 12, 2013 at Hopkins Field Airport (KAIB), Nucla, Montrose County, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: CEN13LA488
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 12, 2013 in Nucla, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2014
Aircraft: GRIFFITH E/BOYD W E LANCAIR 360, registration: N15EG
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that, shortly after departure for a cross-country flight, he noticed that the airplane’s left main landing gear had not retracted. He cycled the landing gear two or three times, but he believed the left main landing gear remained down. After the last landing gear cycling, he reported that he saw three green lights, indicating that all three landing gear were in the down position, so he decided to land. Just after touchdown, the airplane slid to a stop. Although the pilot reported that the landing gear were extended and subsequently collapsed upon landing, examinations indicated that the gear were fully retracted upon touch down.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to extend the airplane’s landing gear before landing.

On August 12, 2013, about 0700 mountain daylight time, a kit-built Lancair 360 airplane, N15EG, experienced a gear-up landing at the Hopkins Field Airport (KAIB) near Nucla, Colorado. The private rated pilot, sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from KAIB prior to the accident.

According to the pilot, after departure, he raised the airplane's landing gear and noticed that the left main gear had not retracted. He cycled the gear 2 or 3 times, but the left gear still appeared down. After the last cycling of the gear, he saw three green lights, indicating that all three landing gear were down and locked, so he decided to land. Just after touchdown and without warning, all three landing gear collapsed and the airplane slid to a stop off the right side of the runway. 

The FAA inspector, who responded to the accident site, examined the airplane and reported that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the rudder. The inspector added that based on the marks on the gear doors, it appeared the landing gear were in the retracted position during the landing.

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