Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mooney M20E Super 21, N3254F: Accident occurred February 23, 2021 near Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

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; Alameda, California


Location: Livermore, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA119
Date & Time: February 23, 2021, 17:00 Local
Registration: N3254F
Aircraft: Mooney M20E
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 23, 2021 at 1700 Pacific standard time, a Mooney M20E, N3254F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), Livermore, California. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the takeoff from runway 7 was normal; about 200 ft above ground level (agl), the engine lost total power. The pilot attempted to make an off airport landing about 1 mile northeast of the airport on the Interstate 580 overpass. During the landing rollout, the propeller struck the trunk of a car and pivoted around and impacted the left side of the car before coming to a stop near the side of the road.

The driver of the car, the sole occupant, was not injured.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N3254F
Model/Series: M20E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.699086,-121.81075 (est)



LIVERMORE, California — A small plane with engine failure landed and struck a car on a road near the Livermore Municipal Airport on Tuesday shortly after takeoff, but no one was injured, police said.

The pilot of the single-engine Mooney M20 reported a loss of engine power about 5 p.m. and made the emergency landing on the Isabel Avenue overpass above the 580 freeway, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor reported.

The aircraft, carrying the pilot and a passenger, struck a vehicle.

“The airplane lost power, and we landed on the road,” said a Napa man who identified himself as a passenger in the plane. “We contacted a car and got spun by the car as the car came to a stop.”

He declined to give his name.

Livermore police reported that no one was injured in the car. No other vehicles struck the plane. The roadway was closed for an investigation. Gregor said the FAA and NTSB will conduct the probe.

Public records showed the fixed-wing single engine airplane was built in 1967 and is registered to a San Francisco resident.

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