Normal Takeoff Followed By Runway Impact

Location: Buena Vista, CO Accident Number: CEN20LA268
Date & Time: 07/07/2020, 1344 MDT Registration: C-GTVS
Aircraft: Mooney M20TN Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Personal

On July 7, 2020, about 1344 mountain daylight time, a Mooney M20TN airplane, Canadian registered C-GTVS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Central Colorado Regional Airport, Buena Vista, Colorado. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness, who was located at the airport, reported that he observed the airplane takeoff from runway 15 with no problems noted. The airplane then suddenly impacted the runway surface. A post crash fire ensued. The witness responded to the accident location to assist the pilot.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the fuselage cockpit and cabin area, and forward right wing were consumed by fire. Flight control continuity was established to all flight control surfaces.