The Cessna T210 reported that, while in the traffic pattern at the airport in Chandler, Arizona, he was distracted looking for other aircraft and failed to continue the landing checklist, but assumed it was completed.
During approach, he reduced power, but did not hear the landing gear warning horn. He landed with the landing gear retracted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The pilot added that, during the recovery process with a tow truck, they attempted to troubleshoot the landing gear warning system, but they did not hear the landing gear warning horn again.
Post-accident examination by an FAA inspector revealed that the landing gear audible warning horn switch on the bulkhead was improperly rigged and the horn did not sound when tested.
He added the airplane was equipped with a mirror on the right wing the pilot could have used to visually check if the landing gear was extended.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s distraction while looking for other aircraft in the traffic pattern, which resulted in his failure to follow a prelanding checklist and to extend the landing gear before landing. Contributing to the accident was the improperly rigged landing gear warning switch, which prevented an audible warning sound.
This March 2019 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
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