Monday, February 24, 2020

Landing Gear Collapse: Mooney M20K, N231VM; accident occurred February 14, 2020 at Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Douglas County, Nevada

Photo of the airplane adjacent to the runway. 

Photo of the airplane adjacent to the runway. 

Photo of the damage to the left wing.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Minden, NV
Accident Number: WPR20CA102
Date & Time: 02/14/2020, 1335 PST
Registration: N231VM
Aircraft: Mooney M20K
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of a retractable landing gear airplane reported that, while on downwind to land, he did a partial checklist and did not verify the landing gear position. While on final approach, about 20 ft above ground level, he heard over the radio that his gear was not down. The pilot reported that he immediately extended the landing gear, applied full power and applied back pressure on the control yoke. With the airplane still in the landing configuration, he believed that the airplane stalled and subsequently landed hard, separating the nose gear. The airplane veered off the runway and struck a runway sign before it came to rest upright.

The left wing was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/06/2018
Flight Time:  1528 hours (Total, all aircraft), 921 hours (Total, this make and model), 1528 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N231VM
Model/Series: M20K No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 25-0426
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/25/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3131 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 80 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4030 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-360-KB
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 210 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: KMEV, 4726 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Minden, NV (MEV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Minden, NV (MEV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4723 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7399 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 38.998333, -119.752222

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