March 16, 2009, Taos, N.M., Beech D35 Bonanza


The student pilot was landing at the non-towered airport after a cross-country flight when he made a “short approach,” did not use any flaps and used an approach speed about 30 knots faster than normal. The student pilot said he didnt use his normal checklist procedure and that everything seemed to be going “too fast” when the airplane landed on the asphalt runway with the landing gear retracted. The skin on the belly of the fuselage was ground down to the main keel. There was no injury to the solo student pilot, but substantial damage to the fuselage structure.


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