Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2003 Issue

May 23, Colorado Sprngs, Colo. / Mooney M20K

At 2153 mountain time, a Mooney M20K struck the ground while landing at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The pilot attempted to land on runway 35R with a 90-degree, 15-knot crosswind from the right but the airplane drifted to the left and he was worried about striking the wing on the runway. He added full power to go around, but the engine “hesitated abnormally” and the airplane continued to descend. He then raised the landing gear and the flaps and shut off the fuel flow. The aircraft came to rest a third of a mile northwest of the runway....

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