NTSB Identification: MIA87LA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32550.
Accident occurred Friday, December 26, 1986 in KEY WEST, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44, registration: N2197X
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF ON AN IFR FLT, THE FLT LOST ALL ELECTRICAL POWER WHILE IN VFR CONDITIONS. THE FLT RETURNED TO THE ARPT AND THE PLT COMPLETED THE PRE-LANDING CHECKLIST PLACING THE GEAR HANDLE IN THE DOWN POSITION. THE GEAR, BEING ELECTRICALLY OPERATED, DID NOT EXTEND AND THE ACFT LANDED GEAR UP. THE PLT STATED THAT AT THE LAST MOMENT DURING THE FLARE, HE REMEMBERED THE GEAR WAS ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN AND ATTEMPTED TO EXTEND IT BY THE EMERGENCY METHOD, BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO IN TIME. AN EXAM OF THE BATTERY REVEALED THAT IT WAS IN A DISCHARGED CONDITION.

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

GEAR EXTENSION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GEAR DOWN AND LOCKED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..LOSS,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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