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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234288
Last updated: 23 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20M
Registration: N1085W
C/n / msn: 27-0043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Chandler Municipal Airport, AZ (KCHD) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Chandler Municipal Airport, AZ (KCHD)
Destination airport:Chandler Municipal Airport, AZ (KCHD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during a familiarization flight with a flight instructor in a recently purchased airplane and while demonstrating a soft-field takeoff, the tower controller cleared him for takeoff "with no delay." He quickly taxied the airplane to the runway centerline, applied power, and pulled back on the yoke. He added that, in retrospect, the back pressure he used was too abrupt. The airplane entered ground effect about 10 knots slower than normal and was unable to maintain flight in ground effect, and he was struggling to maintain the runway heading. The airplane then touched down "abruptly several times." The airplane drifted left, and the pilot thought there was a positive climb rate, so he retracted the landing gear. Additionally, he was "too aggressive" with control inputs and "caused a stall." The left wing struck the taxiway, and the airplane came to rest on the ramp. The pilot reported that the instructor did not take the flight controls. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper pitch control during takeoff and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the flight instructor's failure to take remedial action.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

23-Mar-2020 18:44 ASN Update Bot Added
23-Mar-2020 19:52 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
23-Mar-2020 19:53 harro Updated [Location, Photo, Accident report, ]

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