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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA031
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Burnet, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30, registration: N8790V
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 pilot of a high-performance, complex airplane reported that, during his fourth engine-out practice landing, the airplane was “high and fast.” He further reported that he wanted to keep the training realistic and chose not to go around. The pilot continued the approach but reported that he “felt behind the airplane.” The airplane touched down with the landing gear retracted, skidded off the runway to the left, and impacted a runway light.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s decision to continue the unstabilized approach and his failure to extend the landing gear before landing.