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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192562
Last updated: 21 July 2019
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Date:04-JAN-2017
Time:15:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20K 231
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N1159G
C/n / msn: 25-0662
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Nacogdoches County, southwest Nacogdoches, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Kerrville, TX (ERV)
Destination airport:Nacogdoches, TX (OCH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot was conducting a cross-country personal flight. He reported that he entered the downwind pattern at his home airfield and prepared the airplane to land using the manufacturer's checklist, which included selecting the fullest fuel tank, setting flaps to 5°, and lowering the landing gear. While on an extended downwind leg, the pilot noticed that the airplane had descended to between 700 and 800 ft above ground level, so he added engine power to climb back to pattern altitude, but the engine stopped producing power. The pilot turned the airplane toward the runway, which he estimated was more than 1.5 miles away. He realized that he was not going to be able to glide the configured airplane to the runway, so he performed a forced landing to a field but landed short in a wooded area.
Examination and testing of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Maintenance had recently been conducted on the fuel selector’s union fitting. The mechanic who conducted the maintenance reported purging the lines of air and conducting a successful postmaintenance test flight before releasing the airplane to the pilot. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination and testing of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20170105X51011&key=1
https://www.google.com/maps/@31.578327,-94.7026838,18z/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-us&dg=dbrw&newdg=1

FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=1159G


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jan-2017 00:13 Geno Added
05-Jan-2017 01:13 Geno Updated [Source, Damage]
19-Aug-2017 16:04 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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