NTSB Identification: SEA96LA121.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 09, 1996 in AURORA, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Beech 35, registration: N2145D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The passenger held a commercial pilot certificate, but did not have a current medical certificate. According to him, the non-certificated pilot/owner was attempting a touch-and-go landing, when they were both distracted by a call from the pilot of another aircraft which was on an instrument approach to the same airport. Neither the passenger nor the pilot/owner realized the gear was not down until the tail of the aircraft contacted the asphalt runway. The aircraft then slid to a stop on its belly. Although the pilot/owner claimed the passenger was the pilot-in-command, the passenger said he did not realize the pilot/owner did not hold a pilot certificate until advised of that situation after the accident; he said that he would not have flown with the pilot/owner had he been aware of this fact. The aircraft had not been certificated as airworthy, per annual inspection, within the previous 12 months.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

failure of the non-certificated pilot to ensure that the landing gear was properly extended for landing. The non-certificated pilot's diverted attention was a related factor.

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