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NTSB Identification: CEN12CA157
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 04, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/02/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA R182, registration: N2696C
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 was conducting a series of practice accuracy landings in preparation for a checkride. He reported that he inadvertently forgot to extend the landing gear. He added that he did not remember hearing the landing gear warning horn just before touchdown because he had allowed himself to become fixated on maneuvering the aircraft to the precise landing point. The airplane touched down on the runway surface with the landing gear retracted, which caused substantial damage to the fuselage structure. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot did not extend the landing gear before landing.