At 1205:57, the center controller informed the pilot that he was still cleared for the approach, that radar service was terminated, and to contact Topeka tower.
A tower controller reported seeing the airplane break out of the clouds approximately 1,000 ft. beyond the approach end of Runway 31 and “well left of Runway 31 and taxiway Charlie.” Two pilot witnesses on the ground observed the Baron flying in a level flight attitude about halfway down Runway 31. The airplane's landing gear was extended and the witnesses estimated the airplane's altitude as being about 200 to 300 ft. above the runway.
At 1208:05, the pilot told the tower that he was going missed approach and then requested if he could circle to land.
When the airplane was near the runway's end, the witnesses observed the landing gear retract and the airplane begin a slow climb into the clouds. The witnesses estimated the overcast ceiling to be at 500 ft. AGL and the visibility to be 2.5 mi.
Topeka tower directed the pilot to fly runway heading and told him that they would get with center for climb-out instructions.
The pilot then said he could do the GPS approach for Runway 36. The tower controller instructed the pilot to execute the published missed approach and climb and maintain 4,000 ft. The pilot acknowledged and read back the instructions. The tower controller called center and informed them of the pilot's intentions.
At 1209:15, Topeka tower instructed the pilot to contact Kansas City Center. The pilot replied with reading back the frequency.
At 1209:22, he contacted center and informed them he was on the missed approach.
The center controller instructed the pilot to climb to 3,000 ft., then make a right turn and fly direct to the WUPLA intersection for the GPS approach to Runway 31.