NTSB Identification: FTW82FRG28
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 02, 1982 in SAN ANTONIO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20A, registration: N7836C
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 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.

DURING ARRIVAL, THE PILOT ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR A LANDING ON RUNWAY 30 WITH A 7 KNOT TAILWIND. ON FINAL APPROACH, HE WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH HIS PATTERN AND ELECTED TO GO-AROUND. DURING THE GO-AROUND AND CLIMB, A MAP AND CHECKLIST FELL INTO THE RECESS BETWEEN THE SEATS AND INTERFERED WITH THE GEAR HANDLE. THE PILOT CONTINUED IN THE PATTERN WHILE REMOVING THE ARTICLES. HE THOUGHT THAT HE HAD LOWERED THE GEAR PRIOR TO THE NEXT LANDING. HOWEVER, WITNESSES REPORTED THAT ON THE SECOND APPROACH, THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN WITH THE GEAR UP. THE PILOT INITIATED ANOTHER GO-AROUND AND PULLED UP TO CLEAR OBSTACLES BEYOND THE END OF THE RUNWAY. HOWEVER, THE LEFT WING OF THE AIRCRAFT HIT TREES AND A HOUSE TOP. THE AIRCRAFT THEN STRUCK A TELEPHONE POLE AS IT CRASHED. A NUMBER OF PROPELLER SLASH MARKS AND A FOUR INCH WIND SCRAPE MARK WERE FOUND ABOUT 500 TO 700 FT DOWN THE 1800 FT RUNWAY. IN THIS AIRCRAFT, THE GEAR IS EXTENDED BY RAISING THE GEAR HANDLE AND RETRACTED BY LOWERING THE HANDLE.

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

GEAR EXTENSION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CONTROL INTERFERENCE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER SYSTEM/ACCESSORIES,BLADE..BENT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..RESIDENCE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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