Aviation occurrence briefs

Wheels up landing involving Cessna 210M, Mount Ive, SA, on 7 August 2018

Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.

What happened

On 7 August 2018, at about 1120 Central Standard Time, a Cessna 210M was departing Mount Ive, South Australia, for aerial work with only the pilot on board.

During initial climb from runway 04 after retracting the landing gear and turning onto a left crosswind leg, the pilot detected an abnormal engine noise described as popping and a reduction in engine power. The pilot adjusted the throttle that did not result in any improvement. The pilot then turned the aircraft toward runway 17 and slowed the aircraft sufficiently to extend full flap. During landing, the pilot flared and the aircraft skidded down the runway. The landing gear was left in the retracted position. The cause of the abnormal engine indications was not able to be determined.

Pilot comments

The pilot stated that he did hear a noise during the approach, however was not familiar with the sound of the landing gear warning horn. This in addition to the high workload and pressure of landing the aircraft contributed to the landing gear not extended prior to landing.

Safety message

During times of high workload, simple tasks such as selecting the landing gear could be unintentionally omitted. Pilots should be mindful that during an abnormal situation that all normal pre landing checks are completed. Pilots should also be familiar with all aircraft systems and warning devices.

For more information about managing partial engine failures after take-off, see ATSB research report, Avoidable Accidents No. 3 - Managing partial power loss after takeoff in single-engine aircraft

About this report

Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.

General details
Date: 07 August 2018   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1120 ACST    
Location   (show map): Mount Ive    
State: South Australia    
Release Date: 29 November 2018   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210M  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mount Ive, South Australia  
Last update 12 December 2018