May 7, 2010, Benton, Ark., Mooney M-20G


The airplane sustained substantial damage at approximately 1905 Central time following a loss of directional control and subsequent impact with terrain during initial takeoff. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to the pilot, the airplane was lifted off at 65 knots and was accelerating to 75 knots when it began an uncommanded right yaw. The pilot attempted to correct with rudder inputs, and the airplane rolled and yawed to the left. The pilot reported an “excessive” amount of aileron was required to level the airplane.

The pilot then attempted to land the airplane on the runway but the propeller struck the ground and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded off the left side of the runway.


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