Sunday, November 15, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Mooney M20M Bravo, N1031M; accident occurred November 18, 2019 at College Park Airport (KCGS), Prince George's County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: College Park, Maryland 
Accident Number: ERA20LA038
Date & Time: November 18, 2019, 16:25 Local 
Registration: N1031M
Aircraft: Mooney M20M 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Factual Information

On November 18, 2019, about 1625 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20M, N1031M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at College Park Airport (CGS), College Park, Maryland. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he departed Morris Municipal Airport (C09), Morris, Illinois, about 1315. During the subsequent approach to CGS runway 15, a 2,607-ft-long, 60-ft-wide, asphalt runway, the winds were variable, but light. The airplane cleared the trees at the approach end of the runway and descended to the touchdown point. The pilot then reduced engine power and flared the airplane, but it bounced from what seemed like an unexpected and excessive sink rate. The pilot then aborted the landing by applying full engine power and remaining in ground effect. He did not retract the landing gear because he saw no indication of climb and did not engage the flap switch over concern that the flaps would retract past the takeoff setting and reduce lift. After a few seconds in ground effect with no climb and realizing remaining runway was limited, he landed to the left of the runway. The airplane then struck a perimeter fence with the left wing and spun, which resulted in the nose and the right wing colliding with the fence before the airplane came to rest upright about 180° from the landing direction.

Postaccident examination of the airplane, which included disassembly of the propeller, under the supervision of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The recorded weather at CGS, at 1615, was: wind from 250° at 5 knots; visibility 10 miles; scattered clouds at 2,700 ft; temperature 8° C; dew point 2° C; altimeter 29.75 inches of mercury.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 41,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Airplane Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 2, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 11, 2019
Flight Time: 3700 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model), 3300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N1031M
Model/Series: M20M No Series 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1989 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 27-0005
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 13, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3368 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 30 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2190 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-AF1B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 270 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CGS,48 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:15 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2700 ft AGL
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250° Turbulence Severity
Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Morris, IL (C09) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: College Park, MD (CGS )
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 12:15 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: College Park Airport CGS
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 48 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2607 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.980556,-76.922225(est) 

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