BEECH BLUNDER (2)
The French-registered Beech Bonanza was landing at Jersey after a flight from Brest. Jersey Approach Control asked its pilot to follow a Cherokee that was being radar vectored towards Rwy 26. Realising he was closing on the Cherokee, the Bonanza’s pilot contemplated extending the landing gear, but decided to delay this as his speed was above the gear’s 140kt limiting speed. On final approach he realised that both aircraft were very close and maintained some height to avoid the Cherokee’s prop wash, focussing intently on the aircraft ahead and listening to the Tower controller in case he was directed to go around. He was aware of the stall warner sounding, then the Cherokee finally cleared the runway and he received clearance to land, but had not lowered the Bonanza’s landing gear and it touched down gear-up.