NTSB Identification: FTW83LA022
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 23, 1982 in ABILENE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/1983
Aircraft: BEECH H35, registration: N7937D
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 PILOT STATED THAT HE EXTENDED THE GEAR ABOUT 10 TO 15 MILES OUT TO HOLD DOWN THE SPEED AND DESCEND. BEFORE LANDING, HE NOTED THAT NONE OF HIS LIGHTS WERE WORKING AND HE WAS UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ABILENE RADIO. REPORTEDLY, HE ASSUMED THE GEAR WAS DOWN BECAUSE HE FELT THE TRIM CHANGE. WHEN THE NOSE GEAR TOUCHED DOWN DURING LANDING, ALL OF THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD BECOME COMPLACENT AFTER FLYING FOR 8 HRS.

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

LANDING GEAR..UNLOCKED

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

GEAR EXTENSION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(FLIGHT SCHEDULE)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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