Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Beech A36, N67CD: Incident occurred August 03, 2020 and Accident occurred June 29, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

August 03, 2020: Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 03-AUG-20
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N67CD
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: IOWA

June 29, 2018

View of damage to spar carry-through.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spencer, IA
Accident Number:GAA18CA412 
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 1630 CDT
Registration: N67CD
Aircraft: Beech A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to the pilot in the retractable-landing gear-equipped airplane, he did not extend the landing gear before landing. He reported that he became distracted while communicating with other aircraft and controlling the airplane in the gusting wind conditions. Further, he did not realize that what he perceived as the stall warning horn was actually the landing gear unsafe warning horn. He added that the accident could have been prevented by repeating his GUMPFS checklist on final and checking to ensure that the three green landing gear safe lights were illuminated.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage bulkheads and spar carry-through.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear before landing. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's failure to use the Before Landing checklist due to being distracted while communicating with other aircraft and controlling the airplane in the gusting wind conditions.


Landing gear selector - Not used/operated (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)
Use of checklist - Pilot (Factor)
Attention - Pilot (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing gear not configured (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/21/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/03/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 387.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 144.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 237.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N67CD
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-2554
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/03/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3286 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3300.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-B
Registered Owner: Reeder Airlines LLC
Rated Power:300 hp
Operator: Reeder Airlines LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMDS, 1716 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 97 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 303°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 20 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Sioux City, IA (SUX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Spencer, IA (SPW)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1600 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation:1339 ft 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used:18 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries:2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.165556, -95.202778 (est)

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