NTSB Identification: LAX02LA236.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 22, 2002 in Yuma, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/2004
Aircraft: Cessna TR182, registration: N756EV
Injuries: 1 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 airplane landed with the gear partially extended during a night landing. The pilot stated that he often dims all of the panel lights during night flights in an effort to improve his night vision. While attempting to illuminate the landing gear indicator light, by turning the knob counterclockwise, he had accidentally depressed the "press and test" indicator knob, giving him a false indication that the gear was in the down and locked position. Mechanics examined the airplane after the accident and noted that the circuit breaker for the landing gear had popped out. After resetting the circuit breaker, they put the airplane on jacks and cycled the landing gear. They found no anomalies or mechanical malfunctions with the landing gear.

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

the pilot's failure to properly verify that the landing gear was in the down and locked position.

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