Saturday, October 5, 2019

Piper PA-23-250, N6992Y: Incident occurred September 21, 2019 at Mountain Air Airport (2NC0), Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte

Aircraft landed gear up.

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Date: 21-SEP-19
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N6992Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


Anonymous said...

Why are there so many gear-up incidents? Is the landing gear prone to mechanical problems? It seems that a gravity drop would lock them, but I don't know.

Anonymous said...

In answer to why so many gear up issues,simply poor maintenance as the undercarriage needs to be kept clean and well lubricated,scissor links and all moving parts etc also faulty micro switches showing red indications when the undercarriage is really down,dirt again entering switches,if it is not locked then as soon as aircraft touches down folds.
With water constantly going into the nacelles corrosion issues and tight joints add to the problem with retract gear,simply keep on top of lubrication and cleanlieness,it sounds obvious but better to get down and dirty than loose a good aircraft with expensive repairs and engine shock loading etc.

Anonymous said...

re: the above- and, of course, pilot error

Anonymous said...

Pilots sometimes forget if not proficient. The Aztec has three ways to put the gear down, normal hydraulic pump, manual and co2 blowdown bottle. Al three can fail but not too likely. There is also a buzzer and light warning if you cut the power and the gear is up. Typically the result is just a big hurt to the wallet and pride.

Anonymous said...

Pilots sometimes forget even if they are proficient ... Just takes a little distraction or a little complacency. I have been lucky so far. YMMV.

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Anonymous said...

That's a foreboding airport. Perched on a hilltop and with cliffs on at least one end. Pilot was probably preoccupied with the landing and just forgot.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is...looking at the pictures of that airport I want to go there! Looks awesome!

Leo Camilleri said...

When landing and in the flare, it’s very important to straighten the airplane so that side loads are avoided. Retract gear light airplanes are very susceptible to bending of the gear due to crabbing all the way onto the runway. Side load the gear and you bend retract rods, gear mounts, etc. Once bent, the gear may malfunction.
Forgetting to lower the gear is inevitable to those that don’t use check lists.
Mountain Aire is an unusual runway in that it’s end points are followed by steep cliffs. The runway also has a dip in the middle, tricking some pilots into thinking the runway is shorter than advertised. Definitely a pucker factor of ten if so tricked. Sort of like Avalon airport on Catalina Island.

Anonymous said...

I was taught "GUMPS" from the very 1st flight lesson. Gas, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop & Switches (fuel pump,landing light). Now that I'm flying a retractable with a constant-speed prop it's burned into my brain, 3 in the green!