NTSB Identification: FTW88FA114B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36712.
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 1988 in HOUSTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20K, registration: N231QB
Injuries: 4 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
MOONEY N231QB WAS INVOLVED IN A MIDAIR COLLISION WITH CESSNA N96957 WHILE BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE LANDING AT THE UNCONTROLLED WEST HOUSTON-LAKESIDE AIRPORT. THE MOONEY AIRCRAFT WAS RETURNING ON A STRAIGHT-IN APPROACH. THE PILOTS OF THE CESSNA AIRCRAFT WERE IN THE RECTANGULAR PATTERN PRACTICING TOUCH-AND-GO LANDINGS. THE MOONEY WAS ABOVE AND OVERTAKING THE CESSNA. THE COLLISION OCCURRED WHILE BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE IN THE LANDING FLARES. THE MOONEY'S PROPELLER SEVERED THE EMPENNAGE OF THE CESSNA. THE CESSNA NOSED UP INTO AN INVERTED ATTITUDE AND STRUCK THE TAIL OF THE MOONEY BEFORE CRASHING ON THE RUNWAY. THE MOONEY MADE A SAFE LANDING. THE MOONEY SECOND PILOT STATED LATER THAT THE PILOT (MOONEY) WAS HIGH AND SLIPPED THE AIRCRAFT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE FINAL PREVENTING THE SECOND PILOT FROM SEEING FORWARD AND DOWN. THE MOONEY PILOTS DID NOT NOTE THE ANNOUNCED POSITION OF THE CESSNA IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN OR A WARNING FROM ANOTHER PILOT THAT THERE WERE TWO ACFT LANDING ON THE ACTIVE RWY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
COMMUNICATIONS..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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