Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2013 Issue

December 5, 2012, Gurdon, Ark. - Mooney M20E Super 21

The airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain during a forced landing at about 1200 Central time. The solo private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later stated he was flying fairly low when the loss of engine power occurred and was unable to troubleshoot the problem before having to identify a suitable landing area. He landed on a gravel road and one of the airplane’s wings contacted a bush, causing the airplane to depart the roadway and descend into an adjacent ditch. The fuselage and wings were damaged during the accident sequence.

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