NTSB Identification: FTW00LA018.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 22, 1999 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250, registration: N6774P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The pilot reported that he 'entered a downwind leg for runway 35 at which time [he] had lowered the landing gear. Everything seemed normal until touchdown when the gear retracted.' The pilot stated that 'evidently the gear did not lock.' The airplane slid 250 yards and came to a stop upright. A postaccident fire erupted and consumed the cockpit, including the instrument panel, and the belly of the airframe. According to the Pilot's Operating Handbook, a green light on the instrument panel below the landing gear switch indicates all gears down and locked. Furthermore, item number 6 on the landing checklist states the following: 'Landing gear down (under 150 MPH check green light on, warning horn off, gear emergency handle in forward position).'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The failure of the pilot to follow the landing checklist and verify that the landing gear was down and locked, which resulted in a wheels up landing. A factor was the failure of the landing gear locking mechanism for an undetermined reason. Full narrative available
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