NTSB Identification: DEN07LA137.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 14, 2007 in Wichita, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2007
Aircraft: Mooney M20R, registration: N395MR
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 pilot reported that the preflight and local flight in the traffic pattern were normal. While on final approach to runway 18, the landing gear and flaps were extended and the airspeed was between 78 and 82 knots. During touchdown, the airplane bounced and the pilot "felt it was hard." The pilot then applied full throttle in an attempt to execute a go-around. The pilot reported that after he applied full power, there was "no power response from the aircraft." Subsequently, the airplane drifted to the right, contacted the terrain between the runway and taxiway, and came to rest on the side of the taxiway. The pilot-rated passenger reported, "To sum it up, it was a bad landing that we didn't recover from." Company policies and procedures for flight operations specify that for a company pilot to be assigned to serve as a crewmember during a demonstration flight, they must have a minimum of 200 hours total flight time, 25 hours in make, and a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating. The pilot, an employee of the company, reported he had approximately 60 total flight hours, 15 flight hours in make and model. The passenger, a contract pilot for the company, reported she had approximately 7,600 total flight hours and 55 to 60 flight hours in the accident airplane make and model. The private pilot and passenger stated to the investigator-in-charge and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the private pilot was pilot in command during the accident flight. Examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies with the airframe or engine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's improper flare and recovery from a bounced landing. Contributing factors are the lack of experience of the pilot and the delayed remedial action of the airline transport pilot rated passenger. Full narrative available
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