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N70LR accident description

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Crash location 34.421667°N, 103.074167°W
Nearest city Clovis, NM
34.404799°N, 103.205227°W
7.6 miles away
Tail number N70LR
Accident date 22 Dec 2008
Aircraft type Socata Tbm 700
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was approaching the non-towered airport from the north making a straight in approach to runway 22 and was using the autopilot when still nine miles out. There was a 15 knot headwind and the airplane was still fast and a little high when 4.2 miles out, but the pilot reduced the power to zero percent and he "reserved" lowering the gear because he was still at 185 knots. The pilot said "the approach felt normal, the next thing I knew we were sliding down the runway". The airplane slid to a stop on the right side of the runway with the landing gear still retracted. There were no injuries to the four persons on board, but substantial damage to the left rear spar and center spar carrythrough and aft fuselage structure.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to complete the before-landing checklist, which led to his failure to lower the gear before landing.

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