Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mooney M20K 231, N5756W: Accident occurred December 09, 2018 near Lincoln Park Airport (N07), Morris County, New Jersey

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Paramus, NJ
Accident Number: ERA19LA062
Date & Time: 12/09/2018, 1215 EST
Registration: N5756W
Aircraft: Mooney M20K
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 9, 2018, about 1215 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20K, N5756W, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Paramus, New Jersey. The private pilot and a passenger received minor injuries, and two other passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross country flight, which originated from Lincoln Park Airport (N07), Lincoln Park, New Jersey, around 1200. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and had an intended destination of Hudson Valley Regional Airport (POU), Poughkeepsie, New York.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight, he noticed an increase in cylinder head temperature on two cylinders. He attempted to reduce the temperatures, however, he soon heard "an explosion," and noted a hole in the engine cowling. The pilot performed a forced landing to a golf course and during the landing roll, the airplane impacted a berm, became airborne again, and struck the ground resulting in the landing gear collapsing and substantial damage to the right wing.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airplane was manufactured in 1984 and was registered to the pilot in November 2017. It was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc. TSIO-360-LB1, a 210-hp, engine. According to the airframe maintenance logbook, the most recent annual inspection was performed on August 15, 2018, at a total time of 2,401.3 hours. According to the engine logbook, the engine was overhauled on January 11, 2016, at a tachometer time of 2,185 hours.

The engine was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N5756W
Model/Series: M20K No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: TEB, 7 ft msl
Observation Time: 1151 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.4 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lincoln Park, NJ (N07)
Destination: Poughkeepsie, NY (POU) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.946389, -74.089722 (est)

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