Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mooney M20J 201, N201EU: Accident occurred October 22, 2016 near Harris Ranch Airport (3O8), Fresno County, Coalinga, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA011
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Coalinga, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201EU
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 22, 2016, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20J, N201EU, was substantially damaged following a forced landing due to a loss of engine power near Coalinga, California. The private pilot/registered owner of the airplane, and his sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, departed Hanford Municipal Airport (HJO), Hanford, California, about 1740, with Harris Ranch (3O8), Coalinga, the reported destination.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that about 10 miles out and while descending toward the destination airport, he experienced a loss of engine power; attempts to regain full power were not successful. Not being able to make it to the destination airport, the pilot elected to make a forced landing. The airplane landed and remained upright in an almond orchard, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings. The airplane will be recovered to a secured salvage facility for further examination.

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