Friday, May 21, 2021

Mooney M20K 231, N9514R: Accident occurred May 20, 2021 in Dawson, Terrell 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: Dawson, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA222
Date & Time: May 20, 2021, 10:30 Local 
Registration: N9514R
Aircraft: Mooney M20K
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 20, 2021, about 1030 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20K, N9514R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Dawson, Georgia. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he had recently purchased the airplane. He conducted a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted and departed Orlando Apopka Airport (X04), Apopka, Florida, about 0815 for a flight to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Birmingham, Alabama. About 90 minutes into the flight the engine began “making noises and started rumbling.” The pilot checked the instruments but did not note anything abnormal. Within 1 minute the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot declared an emergency with air traffic control and diverted to the nearest airport according to his GPS, which was Dawson Municipal Airport, Dawson, Georgia. During the descent, the pilot operated the engine controls with no response from the engine. The pilot realized that the airplane would not reach the airport and he elected to land on a road with the landing gear and flaps up. After the
airplane came to rest, rescue personnel helped the pilot and passenger out of the airplane.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to both wings and the aft fuselage. The inspector further noted that the top of the engine crankcase was fractured.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N9514R
Model/Series: M20K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ABY,193 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots / 23 knots, 110°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Apopka, FL (X04) 
Destination: Birmingham, AL (BHM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 31.771412,-84.50667 

DAWSON, Georgia (WALB) - A small private plane made a crash landing on a highway Thursday morning in Terrell County.

It happened near US Highway 82, also known as Graves Highway, near Dawson.

Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens said a man and wife were on the plane and were conscious. Bowens said they were taken to Phoebe but didn’t have a current update on their conditions.

The extent of injuries of the pilot or anyone else aboard is not known right now.

Bowens said because the plane landed on a road, one of its lanes will be closed for a while.

The call came in between 9:45-10 a.m.

First responders are on the scene. The sheriff said his office is working to get in touch with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Internet data shows the plane, a Mooney M20K 231, is owned by BFC Enterprises, of Carson City, Nevada. It departed from Orlando-Apopka Airport about 8:30 Thursday morning, but its destination was not shown by

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