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Pilot in crash at Colorado Springs Airport forgot to check landing gear

April 20, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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photo - The passenger terminal at the Colorado Springs Airport Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
The passenger terminal at the Colorado Springs Airport Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

A pilot who landed a single-engine aircraft in Colorado Springs March 18 with its landing gear not in place told the National Transportation Safety Board that he "became fixated on his touchdown point and did not complete the landing checklist."

The 42-year-old pilot, who was not identified, said he failed to look outside to check that the landing gear was down or to "confirm a green (landing gear position indicator) light, so the Cessna plane landed with its gear retracted," according to the agency's report.

In a followup email he said that he "was using an active noise reducing headset" during the accident flight. He added that although the gear warning horn was audible, it did not translate in his brain as a landing gear retracted warning.

No one was injured, but the aircraft had "substantial damage to its fuselage" from the landing, The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the plane or its engines, the agency said.

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