The pilot reported he had not flown the Mooney M20J for years, but once or twice a year, he would taxi the plane up and down his private airstrip near Lamar, Colo.
On this occasion, he taxied the airplane on the airstrip, and for some unknown reason, he decided to pull back on the yoke and allow the plane to become airborne.
It did not have sufficient airspeed to stay airborne.
It stalled and hit the terrain in a nose-down attitude, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot allowed the airplane to liftoff without sufficient airspeed, which resulted in a stall and subsequent impact with the terrain.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA440
This March 2014 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.