WISCONSIN AVIATION-FOUR LAKES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N300KR
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: GAA17LA090
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 05, 2016 in Watertown, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R, registration: N300KR
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On November 5, 2016, about 1500 central standard time, a Piper Arrow II airplane, N300KP, experienced an engine hesitation during approach to Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV), Watertown, Wisconsin. The airplane subsequently landed short of the runway. The airplane was registered to and operated by Wisconsin Aviation, Watertown, Wisconsin, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane departed RYV about 1400 and no flight plan was filed.
The pilot reported that he entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern too high. The pilot further reported that he reduced engine power to idle and glided from the downwind leg to final. He noticed that on final, the airplane was too low and he applied power, but the engine failed to respond, so he cycled the fuel pump and the "engine surged". The airplane hit the top of a tree and landed short of the runway.
The pilot further reported that he taxied the airplane to the tarmac without further incident.