Aircraft: Mooney M20R. Injuries: None. Location: Lake in the Hills, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was receiving instruction to become more comfortable flying it.
The accident occurred as he performed a simulated forced landing at the end of an instructional flight. The airplane stalled as he attempted to flare.
He increased engine power, but it was not in time to prevent the Mooney from coming down hard on the main landing gear. The airplane bounced, veered left, went off the runway and down an embankment, coming to rest in a construction site.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in loss of control.
NTSB Identification: CEN11LA373
This June 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.