The pilot of a Mooney M20J was attempting to land in Warsaw, Indiana. He told investigators that during the downwind leg of the traffic pattern he did not compensate for winds pushing the airplane toward the runway and, as a result, he overshot the turn to final. The Mooney was not aligned with the runway when it hit the ground hard and bounced.
The airplane began to porpoise, then went off the runway. The pilot attempted a go-around, but was unable to regain control of the airplane.
The right wingtip hit a fuel storage facility about 350 feet left of the runway and there was significant fuel spilled, but no post-impact fire ensued. The landing gear collapsed and there was substantial damage to the engine mount, firewall, fuselage, and both wings.
The pilot told investigators that he had become complacent after flying this airplane for six years, that he was unprepared for the violent bouncing from the hard landing, and that he should have had better training to prepare him for the stress, confusion, and surprise that resulted.
The NTSB attributed the accident to the pilot’s improper recovery from a bounced landing and failure to maintain control of the airplane during a go-around maneuver. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s complacency flying the airplane and his lack of training on bounced landing recovery procedures as the cause of the accident.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA144
This January 2013 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.