NTSB Identification: CHI88LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37631.
Accident occurred Monday, August 15, 1988 in CAHOKIA, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: BEECH C55, registration: N19RE
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.

WHILE ON A MAINTENANCE TEST HOP AFTER ANNUAL INSPECTION, THE PILOT FAILED TO INSURE THAT THE LANDING GEAR WAS EXTENDED BEFORE TOUCHDOWN. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE GEAR HANDLE WAS PLACED IN THE GEAR DOWN POSITION, AND THAT NO GEAR WARNING HORN SOUNDED DURING THE GEAR UP LANDING. THE GEAR WAS EXAMINED AND CYCLED AFTER THE ACCIDENT, AND FOUND TO OPERATE NORMALLY IN ALL PHASES OF OPERATION. GEAR POSITION INDICATOR LIGHTS ALSO FUNCTIONED NORMALLY, HOWEVER THE GEAR WARNING HORN WAS UNRELIABLE. THE PILOT'S ATTENTION WAS DISTRACTED FROM PROCEDURES BY TRAFFIC AND THE PRESENCE OF THE MECHANIC/PILOT IN THE AIRCRAFT.

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

GEAR DOWN AND LOCKED..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,GEAR WARNING SYSTEM..UNRELIABLE

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