Sunday, August 11, 2019

Mooney M20J 201, N201BS: Accident occurred August 26, 2018 at Skyhaven Airport (KDAW), Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rochester, NH
Accident Number: GAA18CA511
Date & Time: 08/26/2018, 1415 EDT
Registration: N201BS
Aircraft: Mooney M20J
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot-rated owner reported that he was allowing another pilot to build time in his airplane to qualify for the airplane's insurance. During the accident flight, the pilot occupied the left seat, and the owner occupied the right seat. During takeoff after a touch-and-go landing, the pilot rotated a bit early, and the airplane settled back onto the runway. He aborted the takeoff, applied heavy braking, and the airplane fishtailed and then veered left. The owner took the flight controls, but the airplane exited left of the runway and impacted a ditch.

The pilot reported that, during the familiarization flight to practice touch-and-go landings, on the second takeoff, he aborted the takeoff because he realized that he did not have enough runway available. He applied heavy braking, and the airplane veered left into a swamp.

The owner added that he was sitting in the right seat and that the right seat position does not have brakes. He believed that his "inexperience at controlling the airplane from the right seat" also contributed to the accident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The owner reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane 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 failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Owner/builder

Environmental issues
Sloped/uneven terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight


Takeoff-rejected takeoff
Loss of control on ground
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/08/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/07/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1049 hours (Total, this make and model), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.58 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/03/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/23/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 215 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 87 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N201BS
Model/Series: M20J No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24-1306
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2740 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4989 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A386
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: KDAW, 323 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1851 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 139°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rochester, NH (DAW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rochester, NH (DAW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1405 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 322 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4201 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.284722, -70.930000 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Think of the money you saved by not using a qualified instructor.

    I see this and the end result more often than you would think.

    Considering the blind was leading the blind you came out ok.