Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2003 Issue

July 01, Englewood, Colo. / Mooney M20C

At 1317 mountain time, a Mooney M20C crashed while landing at Centennial Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot reported he was crabbing about 20 degrees to the right during his final approach to runway 28 and transitioned to a slip just before touchdown. He said he was on the ground about two seconds when a gust picked the airplane up to about 10 feet and put it into a 20-degree left bank. He was unable to go around before the left wing struck the ground. Winds at the time were reported as 060 at six knots, gusting to 30. A peak gust was recorded at the time of the accident as from 360 at 30 knots....

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