Turbulence tasks Mooney pilot

Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Urbana, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Prior to the flight, the pilot contacted the destination airport’s FBO to inquire about the local wind conditions. It was his intention to divert to an alternate airport if the crosswind was too strong.

During the final approach, the airplane encountered turbulent wind and ballooned during the landing flare. The pilot attempted a go-around, but the left wing hit the ground. The airplane came to rest upright adjacent to a residence.

The post-accident examination showed no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during the go-around.

NTSB Identification: CEN11CA196

This February 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

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