NTSB Identification: DEN05CA134.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Eclipse Aviation HXB, registration: N505EA
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.
The pilot stated that on downwind for runway 03, he was asked by the tower to "fly a short approach for spacing." The pilot deviated from his normal checklist habit pattern and he admitted that he "forgot to lower the landing gear and complete the landing checklist." Due to the developmental nature of the Eclipse 500, the landing gear warning system was not operational at the time of the accident. While the airplane was skidding to a stop on the runway, the pilot shut down both engines. Post accident examination by an FAA inspector revealed substantial damage to the bottom of the composite fuselage.
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. A contributing factor was the pilot's failure to complete the before landing checklist. Full narrative available
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