NTSB Identification: LAX05CA304.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 15, 2005 in Porterville, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Beech 95-B55, registration: N127F
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot failed to extend the landing gear prior to landing and ribs were damaged in the belly section of the airplane. He initially entered the landing pattern for runway 12, which was the active runway in use. After the pilot was established in the pattern, the wind changed and an airplane departed runway 30. The pilot decided to change his landing pattern and crossed midfield where he entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for runway 30. Upon entering the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for runway 30, the pilot retracted the landing gear to decrease the required engine performance for the airplane. The pilot turned base and then final while extending the flaps and failed to lower the landing gear prior to landing on the runway. No mechanical anomalies were reported.

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

the pilot's failure to extend the landing gear prior to landing.

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