Thursday, July 01, 2021

Landing Gear Not Configured: Aero Commander 500S, N9038N; accident occurred June 25, 2021 at Jennings Airport (3R7), Louisiana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

ASH Industries Inc

Location: Jennings, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN21LA298
Date and Time: June 25, 2021, 14:30 Local
Registration: N9038N
Aircraft: Aero Commander 500S 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Executive/Corporate


The pilot reported that as he was landing from a visual approach at his destination airport, he realized he had failed to extend the landing gear and the airplane landed with the landing gear retracted. The airplane skidded down the runway, departed the runway surface and hit a berm and fence before it came to rest. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. After the accident, the pilot stated that despite hours of operation, always use a paper or electronic written checklist.

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.


Personnel issues Use of checklist - Pilot
Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Pilot
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Aircraft Gear extension and retract sys - Not used/operated

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Landing gear not configured (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 6, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 6, 2020
Flight Time: 1356 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1356 hours (Total, this make and model), 1822 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 45 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Commander 
Registration: N9038N
Model/Series: 500S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3050
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 9, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8765 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-1B5
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K3R7, 68 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 15:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3500 ft AGL 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 140° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 28°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Alabaster, AL (EET)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Jennings, LA
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 13:22 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Jennings Muni 3R7 
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 23 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: Visual
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.24507,-92.66506

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