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NTSB Identification: ERA15LA161
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Fernandina Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/2015
Aircraft: LANSHE AEROSPACE LAKE 250, registration: N99HB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Several witnesses reported that, during a second landing attempt, the airplane touched down more than halfway down the 5,152-ft-long runway and then bounced several times before coming to rest near the end of the runway. The pilot reported to a first responder that the airplane encountered windshear during the approach, and the recorded weather at an airport located about 14 miles south of the accident site about the time of the accident included wind at 11 knots gusting to 19 knots. The first responder observed that the landing gear was in the retracted position. Examination of the airplane revealed that the landing gear handle was in the "up" position and that the landing gear was retracted. During recovery, the landing gear was extended normally, and no anomalies were observed with the landing gear system. The pilot had not flown for about 5 months before the accident; however, she had flown about 6 hours during the day of the accident and had conducted one prior uneventful landing during a fuel stop.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear during the approach, which resulted in a gear-up landing.