NTSB Identification: MIA08LA032
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in Sarasota, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/14/2009
Aircraft: Mooney M20E, registration: N5875Q
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

After takeoff, the pilot climbed to about 300 feet, raised the landing gear and flaps, turned to a heading of 360 degrees, then turned off the fuel pump and verified that the fuel pressure was in the green arc. After 2 seconds the engine ran roughly. He turned the fuel pump back on and leveled the airplane at 400 to 500 feet. He declared an emergency, lowered the landing gear and, with the engine continuing to surge/barely run, he turned the airplane, banking about 50 to 60 degrees in an attempt to make runway 14. The airplane stalled and collided with the ground. Examination of the engine found a large amount of granular debris clogging the fuel servo filter.

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

A loss of engine power due to contamination in the fuel filter.

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