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Mooney M20E Super 21, N5512Q: Accident occurred November 22, 2015 at Tipton Airport (KFME), Fort Meade, Arundel County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity;
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N5512Q

Location: Fort Meade, MD
Accident Number: ERA16LA046
Date & Time: 11/22/2015, 1330 EST
Registration: N5512Q
Aircraft: MOONEY M20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 22, 2015, at 1330 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20E, N5512Q, was substantially damaged following a collision with terrain during a forced landing at the Tipton Airport (FME), Fort Meade, Maryland. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the site about the time of the accident, and a VFR flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Thomasville Regional Airport (TVI), Thomasville, Georgia.

According to the pilot, during climb out from runway 28, he noted that the airplane's climb rate seemed to be "lethargic". The pilot elected to remain the airport traffic pattern and return for landing on runway 28. After turning onto the downwind traffic pattern leg, while at an altitude of between 600 and 800 feet, the engine lost power. He then turned toward the runway to attempt a landing near midfield. As he made a turn for the final approach, he was unable to maintain the airplane's airspeed and landed adjacent to the runway. The right wing and engine firewall were damaged during the forced landing.

According to two witnesses, they both watched the accident airplane attempt landing, overshoot the runway, and come to a landing in the grass just beyond the runway.

An FAA inspector examined the airplane at the accident site and noted that the propeller appeared relatively undamaged, and examination of photographs revealed that the propeller did not display any leading-edge gouging, chordwise scratching, or s-bending. The outboard 1/4-span of one blade was bent aft about 45°. A visual cursory examination was conducted of the engine and it was determined that an engine test run could be performed. Because the ignition key could not be found, the ignition switch was bypassed in order to start the engine. During the test run the engine was operated normally utilizing fuel supplied from both fuel tanks.

A review of copies of maintenance logbook records showed an annual inspection was completed on December 12, 2014, at a recorded airframe total time of 3,956 hours and an engine total time of 3,956 hours. Further review of the aircraft records revealed that the engine accumulated 1,043 hours since overhaul.

The pilot stated that during a flight in September, the engine was running roughly. He reported the discrepancy to mechanics at FME, who examined the airplane. Review of maintenance records dated September 15, 2015, showed that they fabricated and replaced an air manifold line and returned the airplane to service. The accident flight was the airplane's first flight since being returned to service. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Airship
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/02/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/21/2015
Flight Time:  1270 hours (Total, all aircraft), 329 hours (Total, this make and model), 1208 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Registration: N5512Q
Model/Series: M20 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 609
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/12/2014, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2575 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 24 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3956 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A1A
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: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FME, 151 ft msl
Observation Time: 1051 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  
ind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots/ 18 knots, 320°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fort Meade, MD (FME)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Thomasville, GA (TVI)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1325 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Tipton (FME)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 151 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced 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:  39.085278, -76.759444

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Ft. Meade, MD
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5512Q
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 November 22, 2015, at 1330 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20E, N5512Q, was substantially damaged following a collision with terrain during a forced landing at the Tipton Airport (FME), Fort Meade, Maryland. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rule conditions were reported at the site about the time of the accident, and a VFR flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Thomasville Regional Airport (TVI), Thomasville, Georgia.

In a statement to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot stated that during climbout from runway 28, the engine began to lose power. The pilot remained in the pattern and attempted to return to runway 28. As he made a turn for final, he was unable to maintain airspeed, and landed adjacent to the runway. The right wing and firewall was damaged during the forced landing. Several witnesses watched as the airplane made an attempt to return to the airport, and noticed that the propeller seemed to be "wind milling" prior to the accident.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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