Final Report: Hawker crew failed to lower gear

 - December 31, 2008, 7:32 AM

British Aerospace HS.125-700A, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 1, 2006–The Hawker landed gear-up at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport because the flight crew failed to extend the landing gear, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the inoperative audible landing gear warning system. The pilot explained that he was distracted by trying to locate the runway for a visual approach. Although the copilot said he read out the landing-gear verification tasks from the checklist, the cockpit voice recorder did not record any challenge-response callouts. The airplane touched down gear-up and slid about 2,600 feet before stopping, causing substantial damage.

The pilot’s U.S. commercial airman certificate (issued on the basis of his Mexican pilot license) was not valid for the carriage of people for compensation or hire. He did not hold a U.S. airman medical certificate and he had no type rating for the accident airplane or an instrument rating (the accident flight was IFR). He had not completed a pilot proficiency check within the preceding 12 calendar months.

Further, the copilot held only a U.S. private pilot certificate (issued on the basis of his Mexican pilot license) that did not include an instrument rating. It was not determined that any of these flight crew discrepancies were directly related to the cause of the accident, but according to the FARs, the pilot was not authorized to act as pilot-in-command of the accident flight, and the copilot was not authorized to act
as a required crewmember.