NTSB Identification: CEN12CA136
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 13, 2012 in Willmar, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2012
Aircraft: MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORP. M20K, registration: N262RW
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 student pilot extended the downwind leg of the traffic pattern on his third solo landing to provide spacing for another airplane. He said that he forgot to lower the landing gear and inadvertently landed with the gear up. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the bottom cabin structure of the fuselage. The student pilot reported that the landing gear warning activated; however, he thought it was the stall warning. The student pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

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

The pilot landed without lowering the landing gear.

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