Narrative:A DC-6BF cargo plane sustained substantial damage in a belly landing at Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB), USA. None of the four crew members were injured.
The airplane operated on a positioning flight from Togiak Village (TOG).
According to the captain, while on approach to land, he distracted the crew by pointing out a boat dock. He said that after touchdown, he realized that the landing gear was not extended, and the airplane slid on its belly, sustaining substantial damage to the underside of the fuselage. In the captain's written statement to the NTSB, he reported that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane, but indicated that the flight crew did not hear the landing gear retracted warning horn.
The airplane was put up for sale by KW Salvage in September 2011.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to extend the landing gear, which resulted in an inadvertent wheels up landing. Contributing to the accident was the flight crew's diverted attention."
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Distance from Togiak Village Airport, AK to Cold Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 447 km (279 miles).