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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 269102
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20J 201
Registration: N3933H
MSN: 24-0981
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport (N21), NC -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport, NC (N21)
Destination airport:Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport, NC (N21)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, one passenger was seriously injured, and one passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to preliminary radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot and the front seat passenger completed a 30-minute local flight at 1603. Then, two additional passengers boarded the airplane before the accident flight departed. Preliminary review of a video recorded by a witness at N21 revealed the airplane started its takeoff roll for the accident flight on the 3,591-ft-long grass runway. After lift-off, the airplane’s wings wobbled as it climbed, turned left and subsequently descended into a wooded area about two-thirds down the runway. A video recorded by a surviving passenger revealed that the engine continued to operate throughout the accident sequence and sounds consistent with a stall warning horn before impact.

The airplane came to rest on a heading of 081°; the empennage was resting against a tree with the nose vertically into the ground. The left wing was fractured at the wing root and separated from the fuselage, laying about 12 ft to the right, with the left-wing tip and aileron separated from the main wing and laying about 40 ft to the east of the main wreckage. All engine structural components, fuselage and flight control surfaces were accounted for at the accident site. The right wing and fuel tank remained attached to the fuselage and contained about 15 gallons of fuel. The left wing fuel tank was breached.

Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit for the right wing
and fuselage. Flight control continuity for the left wing was confirmed from the separation point of the
wing to the aileron and flap.

The engine was partially disassembled to facilitate the examination. The propeller was cut from the engine to allow for engine rotation. The crankshaft was rotated by turning the propeller spinner and continuity of the crankshaft to the rear gears and to the valve train was observed. Compression and suction were attained from all four cylinders. The engine driven fuel pump and fuel separator was disassembled, and fuel was observed in both components.

Initial review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane’s most recent annual inspection was last conducted on February 1, 2021.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. He received a BasicMed certificate on March 19, 2020. According to the pilot’s flight logbook, he had accumulated 2,375 hours of total time with 2,311 hours logged as pilot-in-command as of September 19, 2021.

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Revision history:

21-Oct-2021 22:37 Geno Added
22-Oct-2021 01:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Oct-2021 01:07 RobertMB Updated [Location, Narrative]
22-Oct-2021 04:14 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
22-Oct-2021 05:59 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Nov-2021 18:32 aaronwk Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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