Piper PA24 Comanche, N6580P: Accident occurred July 01, 2012 in Watertown, Wisconsin

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NTSB Identification: CEN12CA406
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 01, 2012 in Watertown, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N6580P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The pilot stated that he forgot to extend the landing gear prior to landing on the runway. The airplane touched down and slid to a stop. A postimpact fire ensued, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. No preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures were found that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear before landing.

According to the pilot, he forgot to extend the landing gear, prior to landing on the runway. The airplane touched down and slid to a stop. Following the landing, a postimpact fire ensued, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. No preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures were found that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: CEN12CA406
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 01, 2012 in Watertown, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N6580P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

According to the pilot, he forgot to extend the landing gear, prior to landing on the runway. The airplane touched down and slid to a stop. Following the landing, a postimpact fire ensued, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. No preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures were found that would have precluded normal operation.

IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 6580P        Make/Model: PA24      Description: PA-24 Comanche
  Date: 07/01/2012     Time: 1355

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
  City: WATERTOWN   State: WI   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, WATERTOWN, WI

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

OTHER DATA
  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: MILWAUKEE, WI  (GL13)                 Entry date: 07/02/2012

 

WATERTOWN, Wis. – A small private plane made a crash landing and caught fire in Watertown Sunday morning.

Officials said fire and emergency crews responded as soon as the plane crashed and no one was hurt. They said the pilot landed in the right spot but landed the wrong way.

Authorities said the plane burst into flames on the runway but the pilot managed to jump out safely.

The plane itself was total loss.

The Watertown airport is back open for business, officials said.

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