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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175585
Last updated: 31 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20TN Acclaim
Registration: N608MR
C/n / msn: 31-0132
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lakeland, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Stuart, FL (SUA)
Destination airport:Lakeland, FL (LAL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot fueled the airplane with 20 gallons of fuel before departing on the 1-hour cross-country flight. While on final approach to the destination airport, the pilot advanced the throttle lever; however, the engine did not respond. The pilot attempted to restore engine power but was unsuccessful and subsequently conducted a forced landing to a small clearing. The airplane impacted terrain, trees, and a gate before coming to rest about 1 mile short of the runway and was largely consumed by postcrash fire.

Based on the minimal rotational damage to the propeller and propeller assembly, it is likely that the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power before impact. Due to the significant postcrash fire it was unlikely that the loss of engine power was the result of fuel exhaustion.

Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine, including the fuel and ignition systems, revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or abnormalities that would have precluded normal operation. Although functional testing of the engine-driven fuel pump and the throttle body was precluded due to thermal damage, disassembly of the units revealed no anomalies.
Probable Cause: The total loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined due to thermal damage and because postaccident examination of the engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.



Revision history:

21-Apr-2015 04:04 bovine Added
21-Apr-2015 05:21 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2015 07:00 bovine Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
21-Apr-2015 08:39 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Narrative]
01-May-2015 21:51 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 16:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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