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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : gif.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||LA-4 A/B Buccaneer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : instrument
pilot : multi engine
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 75|
flight time total : 22000
flight time type : 450
|Anomaly||ground encounters : gear up landing|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Upon returning to my home airport after a local flight and water lndgs I failed to lower the landing gear and landed gear up. The landing was very soft; just louder than normal. I have many hours of retractable time and felt it would never happen to me. The damage was very minor and the airplane was on the runway no more than 10 mins; as there is a lake shop right on the field. They heard me call on unicom and came right out jacked up the lake; lowered the landing gear; and I taxied back to the hangar for minor repairs. With the engine on top; the only damage was a scratched keel strip on the bottom. I have always used a flow pattern and dash mounted checklist; but on this day I was distraction by a call from a friend on the radio and only finished part of the checklist. I also waited later than normal to do the landing items and this was a contributing factor. The biggest item was my lack of attention to the landing phase of the flight. It is especially important on this type of aircraft as it does not have a gear warning device.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LAKE LA4 HAS A GEAR UP LNDG.
Narrative: UPON RETURNING TO MY HOME ARPT AFTER A LCL FLT AND WATER LNDGS I FAILED TO LOWER THE LNDG GEAR AND LANDED GEAR UP. THE LNDG WAS VERY SOFT; JUST LOUDER THAN NORMAL. I HAVE MANY HRS OF RETRACTABLE TIME AND FELT IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME. THE DAMAGE WAS VERY MINOR AND THE AIRPLANE WAS ON THE RWY NO MORE THAN 10 MINS; AS THERE IS A LAKE SHOP RIGHT ON THE FIELD. THEY HEARD ME CALL ON UNICOM AND CAME RIGHT OUT JACKED UP THE LAKE; LOWERED THE LNDG GEAR; AND I TAXIED BACK TO THE HANGAR FOR MINOR REPAIRS. WITH THE ENG ON TOP; THE ONLY DAMAGE WAS A SCRATCHED KEEL STRIP ON THE BOTTOM. I HAVE ALWAYS USED A FLOW PATTERN AND DASH MOUNTED CHKLIST; BUT ON THIS DAY I WAS DISTR BY A CALL FROM A FRIEND ON THE RADIO AND ONLY FINISHED PART OF THE CHKLIST. I ALSO WAITED LATER THAN NORMAL TO DO THE LNDG ITEMS AND THIS WAS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. THE BIGGEST ITEM WAS MY LACK OF ATTN TO THE LNDG PHASE OF THE FLT. IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT ON THIS TYPE OF ACFT AS IT DOES NOT HAVE A GEAR WARNING DEVICE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.