Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mooney M20C, N9281M: Accident occurred March 07, 2020 in McIntyre, Wilkinson County, Georgia

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia


Location: McIntyre, GA
Accident Number: ERA20LA123
Date & Time: 03/07/2020, 1015 EST
Registration: N9281M
Aircraft: Mooney M20C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 7, 2020, about 1015 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20C, N9281M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McIntyre, Georgia. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was conducting a pleasure flight under visual flight rules. All ground operations and engine run-up checks were normal. Both fuel tanks were full. During cruise flight, about 5 minutes after switching from the right to the left fuel tank, the engine lost all power. An attempt to restart the engine was unsuccessful. He performed a forced landing into a field. After touchdown, the right wing collided with a fence post and the airplane came to a stop.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The fuselage and both wings were structurally damaged. There was no fire. The propeller was damaged during the impact.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N9281M
Model/Series: M20C 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: KMLJ, 384 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.47 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chamblee, GA (PDK)
Destination: Jesup, GA (JES)

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: 32.931389, -83.170556 (est)

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