NTSB Identification: DEN84FA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23674.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 14, 1983 in BISMARCK, ND
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N1151N
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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.

THE PLT OF N1151N REPORTED THAT THE DEPARTURE ARPT HAD SOME DRIFTING SNOW WHICH CAUSED THE R BRAKE TO FREEZE AFTER TAKEOFF. WHEN THE ACFT WAS LANDED, THE R TIRE SLID UNTIL IT WORE THRU, THEN DEFLATED. THE PLT STOPPED THE ACFT ON THE RWY, INFORMED TOWER PSNL OF THE SITUATION & ASKED THEM TO SEND SOMEONE TO HELP. IN THE MEANTIME, A BOEING 737 TAXIED TO THE RWY. WHILE TAXIING, THE BOEING AIRCREW NOTED THE SILHOUETTE OF THE DISABLED ACFT, BUT DID NOT NOTICE ANY LIGHTS. THEY CONTINUED TAXIING TO THE RWY, MOVED INTO POSITION FOR TAKEOFF, BUT HELD WHILE WAITING FOR N1151N TO BE REMOVED FROMTHE RWY. THE PLT OF N115LN SAID HE LEFT HIS LIGHTS ON UNTIL HE SAW THE GND SVC VEHICLE, THEN TURNED THEM OFF WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS 'ALMOST TO US.' THE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS REPORTED THAT THE TOWER HAD ASKED THEM TO 'HURRY UP' & SAID THEY WERE DRIVING ABOUT 30 MPH. AS THEY PROCEEDED DOWN THE RWY, THEY SAW THE ROTATING BEACON OF THE BOEING 737, WHICH THEY THOUGHTWAS N1151N. THEY DID NOT SEE N1151N UNTIL AFTER THE VEHICLE HIT THE ACFT'S L WING.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..DRIVER OF VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LANDING LIGHTS..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NORMAL BRAKE SYSTEM..FROZEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,TIRE..FAILURE,TOTAL

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