NTSB Identification: FTW97LA192.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 15, 1997 in FORT COLLINS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-210T, registration: N43761
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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When the pilot attempted to start the engine of the airplane he had rented, he found that the battery strength was insufficient to effect a start, and auxiliary power was used. While en route, the battery became depleted, and there was a total loss of electrical power. The pilot elected to land the airplane at an intermediate airport. He waited until late in the approach to lower the landing gear, which was electric with electric powered indication and manual emergency features. The pilot was unaware of the emergency landing gear extension procedures and landed the airplane with the landing gear retracted. Investigation revealed the alternator was inoperative when the aircraft was rented.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's failure to know and follow the emergency procedure for extending the landing gear after loss of electrical power. Factors relating to the accident were: an inoperative alternator, inadequate maintenance by the operator, a depleted battery, and inadequate pilot check out in the airplane.

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