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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 15, 2019 in Hutchinson, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/2019
Aircraft: Piper PA28R, registration: N55275
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 in the retractable landing gear-equipped airplane reported that, during a straight-in approach, the airplane's approach angle was too high. He recalled that he was distracted by an increase in aircraft operating in the area and that he forgot to extend the landing gear. The airplane landed with the landing gear retracted and slid off the right side of the runway before it came to rest.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

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