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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA115
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 21, 2018 in SUSSEX, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2018
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N884KM
Injuries: 2 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 the retractable-landing-gear-equipped airplane reported that, during approach, the green landing gear extended light was illuminated. He further reported that “it [was] possible that [he] inadvertently cycled the landing gear back to a gear up position.” The airplane landed gear up and was destroyed by postaccident fire.
During a telephone interview with a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, the pilot reported that the landing gear handle and the trim wheel were next to each other, and it is probable that, when operating the trim wheel, he moved the landing gear handle. He added that that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 inadvertent landing gear retraction during approach.