Accident Mooney M20K 231 N1159G,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192562
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Date:Wednesday 4 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mooney M20K 231
Registration: N1159G
MSN: 25-0662
Year of manufacture:1982
Total airframe hrs:2362 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-360 GB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Nacogdoches County, southwest Nacogdoches, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Kerrville, TX (ERV)
Destination airport:Nacogdoches, TX (OCH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot was conducting a cross-country personal flight. He reported that he entered the downwind pattern at his home airfield and prepared the airplane to land using the manufacturer's checklist, which included selecting the fullest fuel tank, setting flaps to 5°, and lowering the landing gear. While on an extended downwind leg, the pilot noticed that the airplane had descended to between 700 and 800 ft above ground level, so he added engine power to climb back to pattern altitude, but the engine stopped producing power. The pilot turned the airplane toward the runway, which he estimated was more than 1.5 miles away. He realized that he was not going to be able to glide the configured airplane to the runway, so he performed a forced landing to a field but landed short in a wooded area.
Examination and testing of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Maintenance had recently been conducted on the fuel selector’s union fitting. The mechanic who conducted the maintenance reported purging the lines of air and conducting a successful postmaintenance test flight before releasing the airplane to the pilot. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination and testing of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN17LA068
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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Revision history:

05-Jan-2017 00:13 Geno Added
05-Jan-2017 01:13 Geno Updated [Source, Damage]
19-Aug-2017 16:04 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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