Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: None. Location: Anderson, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the landing was normal but during the rollout, when the airplane was about halfway down the runway, the wind shifted to a strong tailwind, which lifted up the tail.
The airplane veered to the left. The pilot applied full power to perform a go-around. The plane became airborne, but settled back to the runway. The left wing hit the ground and the left main landing gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest in a grassy area on the left side of the runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during an attempted go-around.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA494
This September 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it isintended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.