NTSB Identification: ERA09CA439
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 28, 2009 in Mayfield, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/2009
Aircraft: MOONEY M20S, registration: N1008R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, he aborted the landing on the 5,001-foot-long by 100-foot-wide runway after two bounces. He applied full power, retracted the landing gear and the flaps, and the airplane settled to the runway. The airplane subsequently departed the left side of the runway, struck runway lights, and substantially damaged the underside of the airframe. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane, and when asked how this accident could have been prevented, explained that a positive rate of climb should have been established before the gear and flaps were retracted.

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

The pilot prematurely retracting the landing gear and flaps during the aborted landing.

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