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Collision with terrain involving a Mooney M20J, VH-JDY, at Northam (ALA), Western Australia on 5 September 2014

Investigation number:
AO-2014-148
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 5 September 2014, the pilot of a Mooney M20J aircraft, registered VH-JDY, conducted a solo training flight from Jandakot Airport to Northam aeroplane landing area (ALA), Western Australia. After a touch-and-go on runway 14 at Northam, the pilot conducted a second circuit with a missed approach from about 600 ft on final. The pilot then intended to conduct a third circuit with a touch-and-go. When on final, the pilot trimmed the aircraft in the approach configuration with full flaps (33°) and airspeed at about 70 kt.

The pilot flared the aircraft for landing and touched down about one third of the way along the runway. As the aircraft slowed, the pilot selected the flaps to 15° and applied full throttle along with right rudder to counteract the aircraft’s tendency to yaw left. As the airspeed increased to about 65 kt, the pilot rotated the aircraft for take-off and applied forward pressure against the control column as the aircraft nose tendency was to pitch up due to the combination of trim, flap and power settings. 

When at about 50 ft above ground level, the aircraft had drifted to the right of the runway centreline and the pilot reduced the right rudder input. Soon afterwards, the aircraft nose pitched up. The stall warning sounded and the pilot applied full right rudder and pushed forward on the control column in an attempt to level the aircraft wings and recover from the stall.  The left wing dropped as the aircraft stalled, and it collided with a hangar. The aircraft pivoted about the left wing and came to rest wedged between two hangars resulting in substantial damage.

 

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General details
Date: 05 September 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1040 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Northam    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 December 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mooney Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model M20J  
Aircraft registration VH-JDY  
Serial number 24-1681  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jandakot  
Departure time 10:40 WST  
Destination Northam WA  
Last update 14 November 2018