Aircraft: Mooney M20F. Injuries: 3 Serious. Location: McKinnon, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on runway 8, which measured 3,000 feet. He noted that the 3,000-foot runway was the shortest one he had ever attempted to land on.
During the approach he noted the winds were shifting from east to west. The airplane was high and fast on final. He decided to go around and added power, but did not retract the landing gear or the flaps. The airplane collided with a line of trees about 700 feet beyond the end of the runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s delayed decision to go-around after failing to recognize that he was attempting to land with a tailwind, and his failure to retract the landing gear and wing flaps for the go-around, which resulted in a collision with trees and terrain near the departure end of the runway.
NTSB Identification: ERA12LA292
This April 2012 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.