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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180644
Last updated: 5 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20M Bravo
Registration: N243CW
C/n / msn: 27-0212
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:South of Worcester Regional Airport (KORH), Worcester, MA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Worcester, MA (ORH)
Destination airport:Worcester, MA (ORH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport pilot was departing on a personal local flight in his airplane when the airplane's engine lost total power. Review of airport security video revealed that, after takeoff, the airplane reached an altitude of about 200 ft before turning right and reversing direction. The airplane subsequently stalled, rolled to the right, and descended uncontrolled into trees. It is likely that the pilot reversed direction to return to the airport but failed to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack, an aerodynamic stall, and loss of control. Examination of the engine revealed that the crankshaft had failed due to fatigue cracking between the No. 5 and No. 6 cheeks. The cracking pattern suggested that numerous overstress conditions of relatively short durations acted to initiate the fatigue cracks, but the cause for this overstress could not be determined.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power during the initial climb due to a fatigue failure of the engine's crankshaft. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.


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Revision history:

24-Oct-2015 15:45 Geno Added
24-Oct-2015 15:46 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 20:04 Anon. Updated [Registration]
24-Oct-2015 20:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source]
24-Oct-2015 23:13 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Oct-2015 20:23 Anon. Updated [Registration]
08-Nov-2015 05:18 Geno Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Sep-2017 07:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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