Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2007 Issue

March 12, 2007, Des Moines, Iowa, Piper PA-24-400 Comanche

The airplane was substantially damaged during a wheels-up landing following failure of the landing gear to extend. The pilot reported hearing a "metallic-sounding ‘clack’" during the first attempt to lower the landing gear. Several subsequent attempts were made and the pilot elected to divert to another airport to perform an emergency landing. Upon reaching the alternate airport, the pilot performed a fly-by and ground personnel confirmed that the landing gear was not fully extended. The pilot elected to perform a wheels-up landing.

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