October 1, 2006, Kalispell, Mon. / Cessna 340A


At approximately 1710 Mountain time, the airplane sustained substantial damage following an emergency landing as a result of the airplanes nose landing gear failing to extend. The Airline Transport-rated student in the left seat and the Flight Instructor in the right seat were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot-rated student stated that during the second practice instrument approach, when the landing gear was extended, he heard a “loud bang,” followed by two green lights for the main landing gear and a red light indicating that the nose gear was in an unsafe position. After tower personnel confirmed the main landing gear was down and the nose landing gear was retracted, the pilot-rated student landed the airplane. It came to rest approximately 2000 feet down the runway on its nose and main landing gear.


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