NTSB Identification: IAD97LA078.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 17, 1997 in MADISONVILLE, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Mooney M20M, registration: N321JL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot/owner was receiving instruction from a certificated flight instructor (CFI), and was practicing short field landings. They had completed one short field landing successfully using a final approach speed of 75 knots. The owner said the CFI told him on the second approach to use 70 knots, as published in a revised pilot operating handbook. During this approach the airplane landed hard, 30 feet short of the runway.

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

Failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, and inadequate supervision of the CFI, which resulted in a stall and subsequent hard landing.

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