Life’s a Beech and then…

As long as the British Airways 777 inquiry is tying up its resources, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch is probably fairly grateful for recent incidents such as the one involving a Beech Baron landing at Guernsey.


Its report starts like this:


The aircraft was for sale, and on the return flight the aircraft commander occupied the right seat and the prospective purchaser, who was an experienced pilot but not current on type, occupied the left seat.


And ends like this:


The commander did not apply any braking during the initial landing roll and the other pilot offered to raise the flaps. Before the commander could prevent him from doing so, the pilot in the left seat inadvertently selected the landing gear handle instead of the flap lever and moved it to the UP position.


Case closed, methinks, but no word on whether the sale went through.


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