The airplane impacted a cornfield about 0.9 miles east of the approach end of Runway
As we flew over the runway, we noted construction equipment well to the side, a newly paved runway (a bonus), a temporary centerline, and a big X at the approach end of runway
Radar data indicate the flight did not start its right circling turn until it was less than a mile from the approach end of Runway
Because of the situation, the flight accepted a seven-knot tail wind for a straight-in to the approach end of runway
The airplane came to rest about 0.6 nm north-northwest of the approach end of Runway
At short final, roughly over the cliff that makes up the approach end of runway
15, we were at 100 feet and, as reported, the wind died down to a manageable crosswind.
Radar data indicate the airplane flew as close as 1800 feet east of the approach end of Runway
20 on the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern.
A visiting pilot in a locally assigned AV-8 was conducting a V-STOL landing to the approach end of runway
The main wreckage was 3.2 miles east of the approach end of Runway
25L at KMKE and 1.2 miles from the shoreline.
We taxied clear of the runway, composed ourselves, and taxied back to the approach end of runway
10 right for an uneventful takeoff.
The pilot, who had completed a PA-31 initial training course one week prior to the accident, responded he would use Runway 13, then called "mayday" several times before the airplane crashed approximately 1/4 mile from the approach end of Runway
While taking the duty, he probably listened for a call from us on final and looked at the approach end of runway
5, assuming that's where we would be.