Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Mooney M20J 201, N925JH: Accident occurred February 06, 2018 at Newport Municipal Airport (KONP), Lincoln County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Newport, OR
Accident Number: WPR18CA085
Date & Time: 02/06/2018, 2200 PST
Registration: N925JH
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The commercial pilot reported that during a night personal flight, he was cleared for an instrument landing system approach. The pilot disconnected the autopilot at 1,500 ft mean sea level (msl), and he had the runway in site at 1,000 ft msl. The pilot reported that the approach was continued, and the airplane crossed the runway threshold too high and fast. When the airplane touched down, it bounced at least twice before he added power in an effort to regain control. On the third or fourth bounce, the right main and nose gear collapsed. The airplane slid off the side of the runway, coming to rest on the grass.

The right wing was substantially damaged.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper approach and landing flare in dark night, which resulted in a bounced landing.


Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause) 

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Dark - Effect on operation (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse

Abnormal runway contact

Landing-landing roll

Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/14/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/12/2017
Flight Time: 1079 hours (Total, all aircraft), 68 hours (Total, this make and model), 892 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Registration: N925JH
Model/Series: M20J NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24-3329
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/04/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2899 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 445 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2623 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO360 A3B6D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNOP, 160 ft msl
Observation Time: 2215 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Thin Overcast / 100 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 100 ft agl
Visibility:  0.5 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 90°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.42 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: Fog; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Eugene, OR (KEUG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Newport, OR (KONP)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2115 PST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Newport Municipal Airport (KONP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 160 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: ILS
Runway Length/Width: 5398 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.580278, -124.057778

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