Gear-up landing Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N318PA, Tuesday 26 February 2008
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Date:Tuesday 26 February 2008
Time:17:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Pan Am International Flight Academy
Registration: N318PA
MSN: 4496134
Year of manufacture:2002
Total airframe hrs:4244 hours
Engine model:Lycoming LO-360-A1H6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gila Bend, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport, AZ (DVT/KDVT)
Destination airport:Gila Bend, AZ
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Prior to landing, the student and the certified flight instructor (CFI) had both confirmed that the landing gear down indicator lights were illuminated, and visually confirmed the nose gear was extended by use of an airframe mirror. The pilots indicated that after touchdown the right wing started to drop, and the CFI took the controls, but the airplane veered off of the runway. Before the pilots left the airplane, they both saw the landing gear activation switch in the retracted position. During the recovery of the airplane, the landing gear was extended, retracted, and then extended again. No damage to the landing gear locking mechanism was found. The safety officer of the flight academy interviewed the flight crew and the recovery personnel. After the interviews, it was determined that during the landing roll, one of the crewmembers inadvertently placed the landing gear selector in the "up" position.

Probable Cause: The flight crew's inadvertent retraction of the landing gear during the landing roll, and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX08CA067
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

11 April 2016 N318PA TransPac Aviation Academy 0 KCHD min


Revision history:

03-Oct-2022 08:10 ASN Update Bot Added
17-Nov-2022 19:53 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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