The pilot reported that, en route on an instrument flight rules flight plan in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), the Piper PA-28R began accumulating ice. He requested a “precautionary diversion” to the nearest airport to land.
He exited IMC at 1,642′ above ground level and circled over the diversion airport in Kewanee, Illinois, for landing.
He kept the flaps and landing gear retracted “to not adversely affect lift” and forgot to extend the landing gear before landing. [Read more…]