Mooney Aircraft Corporation M20J, G-EKMW, 16 October 2004
Mooney Aircraft Corporation M20J, G-EKMW
Shortly after take off, the aircraft suffered an engine malfunction and the pilot attempted to return to the airfield. During the turn, the aircraft appeared to stall and impacted the ground in a nose low attitude, fatally injuring the pilot. A defect was discovered within the engine’s dual magneto, which had recently been refitted following a 500 hr inspection, affecting both ignition systems. This led to a loss of power, accompanied by misfiring, that was consistent with aural evidence from witnesses. Issues concerning quality control of maintenance activities and maintenance data were identified during the investigation. Four safety recommendations are made.