Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Landing Gear Not Configured: Beechcraft S35 Bonanza, N9018S; accident occurred May 27, 2019 at Freeway Airport (W00), Mitchellville, Prince George's County, Maryland

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N9018S

Location: Bowie, MD
Accident Number: GAA19CA358
Date & Time: 05/27/2019, 1500 EDT
Registration: N9018S
Aircraft: Beech 35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the retractable landing gear airplane reported that the airplane landed with the landing gear retracted. He added that it was his error.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 86, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/07/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/12/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 4197 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1942 hours (Total, this make and model), 4000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N9018S
Model/Series: 35 S35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: D-7948
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/18/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6085 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 185 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGS, 50 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1903 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 289°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 9500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dover/Cheswold, DE (33N)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bowie, MD (W00)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: FREEWAY (W00)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 168 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2420 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.941667, -76.772500 (est)

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