NTSB Identification: DEN01LA014.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 13, 2000 in LONGMONT, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/01/2001
Aircraft: Mooney M20J, registration: N201JP
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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The flight was a rental check out. The flight instructor said that they approached the runway to practice some touch and go landings. He said that the student was flying the airplane, and that the approach was uneventful. The flight instructor said that as soon as the airplane was on the ground, it turned sharply to the left. The student said that the flight instructor took control of the airplane, but he could not prevent its departure from the runway. The airplane impacted a 6-foot high snow bank. Postaccident investigation revealed that the left main landing gear had separated from the airplane immediately upon touch down. Examination of its strut revealed that it was corroded approximately 1/3 of the way through.

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

the total failure of the left main gear strut during the landing roll. A contributing factor was the 6-foot high snow bank that the airplane impacted when it left the runway.

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