Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Landing Gear Not Configured: Short 360-300, N970AA; accident occurred June 25, 2021 at Harry Reid International Airport (KLAS), Clark County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR21LA247
Date and Time: June 25, 2021, 13:45 Local 
Registration: N970AA
Aircraft: SHORT BROS SD-360-300 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The check pilot reported that, the pilot being evaluated was performing a simulated critical engine failure approach to a local airport. During the visual approach, everything seemed normal until touchdown when both pilots realized that the landing gear had not been extended. The airplane slid to a stop on the runway substantially damaging the lower fuselage. The check pilot reported that there were no preaccident 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 during landing and the check pilot’s inadequate supervision. 


Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Pilot
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Personnel issues Monitoring other person - Instructor/check pilot
Aircraft Gear extension and retract sys - Not used/operated

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Landing gear not configured (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 28, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 23, 2021
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1560 hours (Total, all aircraft), 875 hours (Total, this make and model)

Check pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Flight instructor 
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Waiver time limited special 
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 22, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 5, 2021
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3294 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1780 hours (Total, this make and model), 53 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SHORT BROS 
Registration: N970AA
Model/Series: SD-360-300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 3737
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Seats:  2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 13, 2021 AAIP 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 27100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: 24393.6 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-67R
Registered Owner:
Rated Power:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAS,2180 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 227°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft AGL 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (KVGT) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Las Vegas, NV
Type of Clearance: VFR flight following
Departure Time: 13:20 Local
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 2181 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08R/26L 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10526 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.080044,-115.15223 (est)