Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2001 Issue

February 27, Appleton, Wisc. / Piper Twin Comanche

At 17:01 central time, a Piper PA-30 crash-landed short of runway 29 during a precautionary landing at Outagamie County Regional Airport. The two occupants were not injured. The pilot said he was practicing instrument approaches when the green landing gear down indicator light did not illuminate. He performed the emergency gear extension procedures and opened the gear actuator panel, and the actuator appeared to be in the down position. He decided to land. When on final approach, he throttled the engines back and pulled the mixture controls to the lean position. The resulting descent rate was steeper than he expected. The airplane struck a runway approach light and came to rest about 10 feet...

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