Friday, July 15, 2022

Landing Gear Not Configured: Beech 95-B55 Baron, N66NP; accident occurred April 21, 2022 at Wharton Regional Airport (KARM), Texas

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; Houston, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

D Miller & Associates Ltd

Location: Wharton, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA183
Date and Time: April 21, 2022, 17:40 Local 
Registration: N66NP
Aircraft: Beech 95-B55 (T42A)
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that he had performed three takeoffs and landings without incident. During the fourth landing, he “flared the airplane at stall speed”. He “heard a noise under the fuselage even though the landing gear lever was engaged in the down position.” The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage structure during the landing. During a postaccident examination the landing gear extended and retracted normally. The landing gear position lights and the landing gear unsafe warning horn both functioned as designed. There were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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.


Aircraft (general) - Not used/operated
Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Pilot
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Landing gear not configured (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 66,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 9, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 13, 2022
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1250 hours (Total, all aircraft), 703 hours (Total, this make and model), 1179 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N66NP
Model/Series: 95-B55 (T42A)
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1971 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: TC-1407
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 21, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8568 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470-L
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 260 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: KARM,100 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:15 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 87°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3400 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 19 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 140° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wharton, TX (ARM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wharton, TX (ARM) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 17:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Wharton ARM 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 99 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.258928,-96.154829 (est)

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