NTSB Identification: MKC82FCQ08
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 19, 1982 in CEDAR VALE, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/19/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20F, registration: N7761M
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

WHILE LANDING ON THE PREVIOUS FLIGHT, THE PROPELLER WAS DAMAGED WHEN IT STRUCK AN ELECTRIC FENCE. AFTER THE PROPELLER WAS REPAIRED, THE PILOT ELECTED TO TAKEOFF AT NIGHT. A MECHANIC STATED THAT THE PILOT HAD REMOVED ALL FROST BEFORE TAKEOFF. WITNESSES STATED THAT DURING TAKEOFF, THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A STEEP CLIMB, THEN IT CONTINUED STRAIGHT AHEAD AND CRASHED. THEY REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE WAS RUNNING UNTIL IMPACT. BEFORE IMPACTING THE GROUND, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK ELECTRIC LINES AND TREES. THE LOOSE END OF AN ELECTRIC WIRE HAD THE APPEARANCE OF BEING CUT AND SEVERAL TREE LIMBS WERE FOUND WITH DIAGONAL SLASH MARKS. THE WITNESSES ESTIMATED THAT THE VISIBILITY WAS ABOUT 3 MILES AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. HOWEVER, A FEW MINUTES LATER, LOW CEILING AND VISIBILITY WITH FOG WERE REPORTED.

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



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