Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, G-WAMS
The examiner and the candidate were carrying out a skills test with the candidate occupying the left seat and the examiner the right. During the upper air work, when carrying out the stall recovery with the aircraft in a clean configuration and the gear retracted, the audio landing gear warning was heard to be functioning normally when the throttle was closed. The final element of the test was for the candidate to demonstrate a flapless landing on Runway 22L at Stapleford. The weather was good with a light south-westerly surface wind and CAVOK. The aircraft joined left base and the Fuel, Radio, Engine, DI and Altimeter (FREDA) checks were performed. A slightly steeper than normal approach was made with a low power setting and an IAS of 80 kt. The aircraft was flared at the normal height and sank onto the runway with the landing gear in the retracted position. Neither pilot heard the gear retracted audio warning. A post accident function check of the warning system showed it to be working normally. The examiner concluded that the normal checks of the landing gear during the initial and final approach phases had not been performed.
Date of occurrence: 29 June 2010