Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2000 Issue

Feb. 5, Albuquerque, N.M. / Beech Bonanza

At 08:23 MST, a Beech M35 crashed west of the approach end of runway 8 at Albuquerque International Sunport. The two occupants were seriously injured. The flight had originated at Albuquerque 10 minutes earlier. The airplane reportedly took off on runway 3, but the tower controller noticed the landing gear did not retract fully. The controller transmitted the information, but the pilot did not acknowledge the advisory. The airplane then entered a left traffic pattern for runway 8 and overflew the runway. The controller again advised the pilot on the status of the landing gear and issued landing clearance for any runway. The pilot did not acknowledge the clearance. The airplane entered a left...

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