August 14, 2007, Wichita, Kan., Mooney M20R


At approximately 1310 central time the airplane sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain following a loss of control during landing. The private pilot and airline transport pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by the Mooney Airplane Company. Visual conditions prevailed.

At touchdown, the airplane bounced and the pilot “felt it was hard.” The pilot then applied full throttle in an attempt to execute a go-around but there was “no power response from the aircraft.” Subsequently, the airplane drifted to the right, contacted the grass between the runway and taxiway, and came to rest on the side of the taxiway. The pilot reported the wind was from 220 degrees at 10 knots and the temperature was greater than 90 deg. F.

The pilot, an employee of Mooney Airplane Company, reported approximately 60 total flight hours, with 15 hours in Mooney airplanes. The passenger, a contract pilot for Mooney Airplane Company, reported approximately 7600 total flight hours and 55 to 60 flight hours in the accident airplane make and model. Both pilots stated to the NTSB investigator-in-charge and an FAA inspector that the private pilot was in command during the accident flight.

Examination of the airplane revealed the nose landing gear was collapsed, the fuselage was wrinkled between the firewall and cabin, the empennage was twisted, and the left and right wings were bent.


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