Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mooney M20E, N9265M: Accident occurred May 15, 2017 at W. K. Kellogg Airport (KBTL), Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2017 in Dowling, MI
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N9265M
Injuries: 1 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 May 15, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20E airplane, N9265M, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees, a fence, and a telephone pole, while landing at a private grass airstrip near Dowling, Michigan. The private pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed W K Kellogg Airport (BTL), Battle Creek, Michigan, and was en route to the private airstrip.

According to the pilot, the airspeed indicator was not indicating as high as it normally does during flight. He landed at BTL to drop off a passenger and then continued to the private airstrip to land. While on final approach for landing, the pilot decreased his airspeed to 70 miles per hour; however, the airplane would not settle so he initiated a go around. During the second attempt to land, the pilot decreased his airspeed to 60 miles per hour and continued to have issues with the airplane settling to land so he "forced" the airplane to land. During the landing the airplane porpoised and continued off of the runway hitting trees, a fence, and a telephone pole.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident, the left main landing gear and nose gear collapsed. The right wing sustained substantial impact damage to the leading edge and the spar.

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