Accident Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros N139CG, 16 Dec 2000
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 171850
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L39 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros
Registration: N139CG
MSN: 332748
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hilton Head Island Airport, Hilton Head, Beaufort County, South Caroli -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:HXD
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he had been flying for about 20 minutes and became concerned that fog may be moving into the airport area so he returned for a landing. During landing the pilot said he did not extend the landing gear on the downwind leg as he normally did, and he realized he had not done so late, just prior to landing. He said the landing gear touched the runway before it was fully extended and locked. According to the pilot the landing gear collapsed, and the aircraft slid on its belly to a stop on the runway, incurring substantial damage. The pilot said that no mechanical malfunctions existed with either the aircraft, or its systems prior to the accident.
Probable Cause: the pilot's improper inflight planning/decision and failure to follow the prelanding checklist, resulting in the landing gear not being lowered in sufficient time to be verified down and locked, which resulted in a wheels up landing and substantial damage to the airplane.


FAA register: 3.

Revision history:

02-Dec-2014 20:38 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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