Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2000 Issue

June 27, Talihina, Okla. / Mooney Ovation

At 20:30 central time, a Mooney M20R was damaged during a forced landing right after takeoff at the Talihina Municipal Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot told investigators he took off from runway 1 and was three-quarters of the way down the runway when the engine started to “cough.” He attempted to land the airplane on the remaining runway but the airplane overran the runway and struck a ditch and bushes. The pilot said the airplane was only a few weeks old and, a week prior to the accident the engine had exhibited the same problem. The manufacturer and the pilot’s mechanic replaced the fuel pump as a corrective measure....

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