Gear-up landing Accident Glasair GlaStar N238MA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89999
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Date:Wednesday 9 February 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Glasair GlaStar
Registration: N238MA
MSN: 5238
Total airframe hrs:795 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320 E2A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wilsonville, Oregon -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Aurora, OR (UAO)
Destination airport:Aurora, OR (UAO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he took off from the airport in his amphibious experimental airplane with the intention of flying a closed traffic pattern. Because he planned to land back on the runway, he left the landing gear in the extended position. During departure, he overflew a river, located about 3 miles north of the airport, and observed that the water was calm. The pilot stated that he made a spur of the moment decision to land in the river, and he forgot that the wheels were extended. The airplane was not equipped with an aural gear warning horn or gear position lights; however, it was equipped with mirrors on each wing in which he could have visually determined the position of the gear. The pilot stated that he did not check the position of the gear with the mirrors. He indicated that he forgot to raise the gear prior to landing in the water. Consequently, the airplane nosed over as it decelerated. During this event, a portion of the lower engine cowl broke, and most of the front windscreen separated from the cockpit. The pilot reported that he did not experience any malfunction with the airplane.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to raise the landing gear wheels prior to landing in water, resulting in a nose over.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR11CA130
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report





Airplane, front & bottom view. Showing extended landing gear. FAA Photo

Revision history:

10-Feb-2011 03:10 tculhane Added
10-Feb-2011 12:58 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
16-Mar-2011 16:31 harro Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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