NTSB Identification: ERA10CA201
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Sevierville, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55 (T42A), registration: N43BS
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 the intent of the flight was to conduct touch-and-go landings in the twin-engine, retractable-gear airplane. He stated that he made a "textbook" first landing, and that during the landing rollout he attempted to raise the wing flaps for takeoff. The pilot "mistook the gear lever for the flaps" and the landing gear began to retract. He added power to "overcome the sinking," but the right propeller struck the ground and the airplane "spun to the right." The airplane came to rest upright in a grassy area between the runway and taxiway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The pilot reported 50 hours of flight time in the accident airplane and flew it "every couple of weeks." The pilot's most recent experience in the accident airplane make and model was 30 days prior to the accident. The airplane's landing gear and flap control levers were the same color and approximately the same size, but were located on opposite sides of the control column.

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

The pilot's inadvertent retraction of the landing gear on the ground during a touch-and-go landing.

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