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Mooney M20F Executive 21, N6455Q: Accident occurred June 12, 2012 in Hooker, Oklahoma

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA368 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Hooker, OK
Aircraft: MOONEY M20F, registration: N6455Q
Injuries: 2 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On June 12, 2012, about 1520 central daylight time, a Mooney M20F, N6455Q, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during initial climb after take-off from Hooker Municipal Airport (O45), Hooker, Oklahoma. The private pilot and the non-pilot passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to West Coast Properties, LLC; Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was operated the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. At the time of the accident the airplane was departing O45 for a flight to an unknown airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The pilot told first responders that the airplane was full of fuel and he had made a normal take-off from runway 17. He rotated on the take-off roll at 68 knots and was in initial climb when he had a sudden and substantial loss of power, but the engine did not quit completely. He retracted the landing gear and shortly after that the airplane stalled. Evidence at the scene showed the airplane impacted in a nose-down attitude on the nose and both wing tips in an agricultural field about 900 feet southeast of the runway departure end. There was a significant fuel spill but no postimpact fire.

After the accident, the airport manager at O45 immediately quarantined the airport fuel facility and completed fuel quality checks that showed the fuel was clean and uncontaminated.

At 1515, the automated weather reporting station at Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (KLBL), Liberal, Kansas, located 17 miles northeast from the accident site, reported wind from 140 degrees at 24 knots with gusts to 32 knots, visibility of 10 miles or greater, sky clear, temperature 30 degrees Celsius (C), dew point temperature 9 degrees C, and altimeter setting 30.10 inches of Mercury.



June 12, 2012:  HOOKER, OKLA. — A small plane crash Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma Panhandle town of Hooker injured two people, authorities said. 

 The pilot, 55-year-old Terry Meil of Phoenix, along with a 34-year-old passenger, John Escalante, of Maricpa, Ariz., were both airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. Meil was last listed in critical condition with arm and internal injuries. Escalante was also listed in critical condition with leg and internal injuries. 

 According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the plane was a four-seat low-wing 1967 Mooney M20F. The OHP said the plane lost power before it crashed about 300 yards east of the end of the Hooker runway. The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the OHP to secure the scene and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating.


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