FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA350
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 2016 in Springfield, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 24, registration: N5138P
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that he performed his pre-landing checklist and that the landing gear selector switch was in the down position. The pilot noted that there was a sun glare on the instrument panel during the landing. However, the airplane landed with the gear in the up and locked position, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.
During the postaccident examination by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the landing gear was cycled multiple times and no abnormalities were noted.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to ensure that the landing gear was in the down and locked position prior to touchdown.