NTSB Identification: LAX05CA177.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 17, 2005 in Scottsdale, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-220T, registration: N4162K
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During the takeoff roll portion of a touch-and-go, the pilot receiving instruction inadvertently operated the landing gear handle instead of the flap handle. As the airplane continued to roll, the left main and the nose gear retracted. The certified flight instructor stated that he "grabbed the handle immediately when he saw the student retract it," but evidently it was too late. During the post accident airplane examination, no mechanical failures or malfunctions were found with the landing gear system. The instructor reported that they experienced no mechanical failures or malfunctions during the flight.

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

the student pilot's inadvertent retraction of the landing gear, and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight.

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