|Ulrich Lanz - Mooney Owner|
On Sept. 22, 2005, Ulrich Lanz came to the US and toured the facilities at Mooney Airplane Company in Kerrville, Texas. He had no idea that three weeks later he would totally bend his wonderful M20J, LM, '87, S/N2401612 in a go-around maneuver on the mountainous airfield called Wasserkuppe, one of the birthplaces of soaring planes in Germany.
Luckily nobody was injured. Ulrich survived the accident without any significant scratches, which he attributes to the extremely rigid construction of his aircraft. Most of the energy was absorbed by the outer sections of the wings, including the front section and the tail cone. The wings' center sections and the cabin were completely undamaged. Ulrich could easily open the door and the baggage compartment. The only damage inside the cabin consisted of two squeezed bananas.
"Many many thanks for my second life to Al Mooney, his ingenious construction and all members of the Kerrville Mooney family for having built such a sturdy airplane," says Ulrich.
Ulrich's technician thinks he will be able to restore the airplane, although it will take at least half a year. So, in the meantime, Ulrich is busy looking for a pre-owned aircraft of similar specifications to use until his M20J is available.
"I have taken my Mooney from Germany to the US and returned across the Atlantic Ocean before. I would not be afraid to do it once again," he says.
Obviously, Mooneys are built for speed, performance and economy. But safety is standard equipment as well. Ulrich's experience underscores not only the durability of the airplane, but its "engineered-in" emphasis on protecting the pilot and passengers, even when things don't go according to plan. To find out more about why Mooney has a legendary, enviable safety record and to experience the features that make Mooney The Symbol of Performance, simply call your Mooney Team Representative or stop by the factory. You'll be glad you did!