Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2001 Issue

June 28, Uvalde, Texas / Piper Comanche

At approximately 18:45 central time, a Piper PA-24-250 was damaged during a wheels-up landing on runway 15 at Garner Field Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said his approach was “too high and too fast.” He did not select the gear down until he was on final approach and did not check for a gear down-and-locked indication until he was on short final. He noted it was not illuminated and added power to go around but the engine sputtered. He elected to reduce power and land gear up. The aircraft caught fire and the rear portion burned....

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