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Mooney M20-F, N7786M: Accident occurred August 13, 2014 at Rimrock Airport (48AZ), Yavapai County, Arizona

Airplane wreckage and damage to the left wing. 
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Airplane location relative to the runway’s departure end. 
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Propeller showing torsional twisting and S-bending.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rimrock, AZ
Accident Number: WPR14LA343
Date & Time: 08/13/2014, 0730 MST
Registration: N7786M
Aircraft: MOONEY M20F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries:1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 13, 2014, about 0730 mountain standard time, a Mooney M20F airplane, N7786M, collided with terrain during a go-around at the Rimrock Airport (48AZ), Rimrock, Arizona. The private pilot received minor injuries and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight departed Show Low Regional Airport (KSOW), Show Low, Arizona, about 0630 and was destined for Apple Valley, California.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot reported that he received several weather briefings, but the weather was not improving as anticipated. The visibility was above visual flight rule (VFR) minimums, and the ceiling was greater than 2,000 ft above ground level, but he wanted to land, and get an updated weather briefing.

He decided to land at the nearest airport, which was the Rimrock Airport. He said he had not landed there previously, and did not know the runway was sloped downhill. It had rained earlier, the runway was wet, and when he applied the brakes the airplane started to skid. He decided to go-around but did not get the flaps up before the airplane travelled off the end of the runway and impacted terrain.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/17/2013
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Registration: N7786M
Model/Series: M20F NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-0034
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2014, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2740 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series: I0360 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 
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:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Show Low, AZ (KSOW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Apple Valley, CA (KAPV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0630 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: RIMROCK (48AZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3575 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.650556, -111.786111

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