Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2002 Issue

May 09, Albuquerque, N.M. / Piper Aerostar

At approximately 1147 mountain time, a Piper 602P landed gear-up at Albuquerque International Airport after losing power on the left engine during final approach to runway 3. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The pilot said the airplane was on final in turbulence and a strong crosswind. The pilot and controller were discussing using a different runway when the left engine lost power. The pilot told the controller hed lost engine power and requested a go-around. He flew the airplane back around to the runway and determined he could hold the heading with the crosswind. The airplane was at a low altitude and the pilot waited to extend the gear to ensure hed make it to the runwa...

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