NTSB Identification: NYC84LA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23933.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 16, 1984 in BRISTOL, PA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201LU
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED WEATHER AND HEAD WINDS ON A X-COUNTRY FLT. NEARING HIS DESTINATION AFTER A LONG FLT THE PLT WAS TRYING TO LET DOWN VFR THROUGH BREAKS ON THE CLOUDS WHEN HE REALIZED THE CRITICAL NATURE OF HIS FUEL LEVEL. A SEARCH FORAN ARPT PRODUCED THE 3M ARPT. A SHORT AND STEEP APPROACH RESULTED IN A LONG TOUCHDOWN ABOUT 1/2 WAY DOWN THE RWY THE NOSE GEAR COLLPASED DURING THE LANDING AND THE ACFT SKIDDED TO A STOP ABOUT 500 FT FROM THE RWY'S END. EXAMINATION OF BOTH FUEL TANKS BY FAA INSPECTORS REVEALED NO FUEL IN EITHER TANK.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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