Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2001 Issue

Dec. 9, Trenton, N.J. / Mooney 201

At about 11:00 eastern time, a Mooney M20J hit the runway after an apparent wake turbulence upset while landing at the Trenton Mercer Airport. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The pilot executed a normal takeoff from runway 34 and was making right closed traffic. As the pilot turned final, the instructor advised him to extend the touchdown point by 1,000 feet because a UH-60 helicopter was executing an approach from the southwest to the threshold of runway 34. The helicopter transitioned to hovering flight near the threshold about 30 seconds ahead of the accident airplane. Because of another airplane holding short of runway 34 on taxiway Echo, the UH-60 began to air-taxi to...

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