The Piper Cherokee Lance was on the approach, at night and with a slight tailwind, to Bagby’s Rwy 06 when its pilot realised that he was too low. He applied power but touched down in the field short of the threshold resulting in significant damage to the aircraft. The pilot, who had 1,901 hours on type, said that he was distracted trying to make contact with another aircraft, which he believed was intending to taxi across the runway. He later found that the other pilot was aware of him and had stopped clear of the runway, but was temporarily out of radio contact. Bagby’s R06 has a 2.6% upslope which can create the visual illusion of being higher on the approach than is actually the case and thus lead to a low approach. The airfield information notes that, in light winds, pilots tend to use the upslope for landing and the downslope of the reciprocal Rwy 24 for takeoff. The Lance’s pilot reported that the runway edge lighting was good but it lacked threshold lighting which might have been helpful.