Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2000 Issue

Jan. 21, Montpelier, Vt. / Mooney M20M

At about 12:35 EST, a Mooney M20M was damaged when it made a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Edward F. Knapp State Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said that a few minutes after takeoff the engine stopped developing full manifold pressure, then the engine lost all oil pressure. The engine began to vibrate, so the pilot shut it down and landed in a field. Examination showed the engine’s crankshaft seal had been “blown outward.” Ice was observed in the engine crankcase breather line....

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