Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2011 Issue

July 7, 2011, Watsonville, Calif., Mooney M20F Executive 21

At about 1920 Pacific time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted a parking lot and a building shortly after takeoff. The private pilot and the three passengers received fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. According to several eyewitnesses, the airplane departed Runway 20. The climb angle after takeoff appeared "steep." The airplane commenced a very rapid left roll when it was approximately 500 feet above the threshold of Runway 2.

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