NTSB Identification: FTW95LA092.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 14, 1995 in MIAMI, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: MOONEY M20F, registration: N4024N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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THE PILOT'S ATTENTION WAS DIVERTED TO A PROBLEM WITH RAISING THE GEAR LEVER. THE PASSENGER SIDE SEATBELT BUCKLE WAS BLOCKING THE GEAR LEVER PREVENTING THE GEAR FROM LOCKING UP. WHILE THE PILOT WAS TRYING TO MOVE THE SEATBELT BUCKLE, THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT HAD JUST PURCHASED THE AIRPLANE AND REPORTED 1 HOUR IN MAKE/MODEL.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING TAKEOFF DUE TO HIS ATTENTION BEING DIVERTED. FACTORS WERE THE PASSENGER'S SEAT BELT BUCKLE BLOCKING THE GEAR UP LATCHING MECHANISM, AND HIS LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH THE AIRPLANE.

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