NTSB Identification: CEN12FA487
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 27, 2012 in Adrian, MI
Aircraft: MOONEY AIRPLANE COMPANY, INC. M20TN, registration: N411JL
Injuries: 1 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.
HISTORY OF FLIGHT Full narrative available
On July 27, 2012, about 0846 eastern daylight time (all times edt), a Mooney M20TN, N411JL, experienced a severe nose pitch-up while climbing through flight level (FL) 180 to FL230. The private pilot, the sole occupant, initiated an emergency descent. During the attempted landing at the Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Adrian, Michigan, the airplane landed short of the Runway 23. The nose gear collapsed and the main landing gear separated from the airplane which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by 4thWave, Inc., under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from the Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, about 0732 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan with the Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), Manassas, Virginia, as the intended destination.
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