How did a landing that seemed it would be so right wind up in a go-around that went so wrong? Look at the NTSB’s report on the July 29, 2015, accident involving a Socata TBM 700 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in which both occupants were killed, and you’ll see the agency’s take on it. But don’t expect enough to enable you to cope with the same situation should you ever find yourself in the middle of it. We’ll have to fill in the facts with a bit of supposition drawn from our own analysis in order to have a chance of doing that.
The TBM 700 is a complex single-engine airplane if there ever was one. It’s a pressurized turboprop, which can be configured with six or seven seats (the accident airplane had six) and has a maximum takeoff weight of 7,394 pounds. The maximum cruise speed is 300 knots; the typical maximum range is 1,585 nautical miles, and it can have you cruising comfortably at flight level 310. Its dimensions make it appear to be as big as a small house, at a length of 35 feet, wingspan of more than 41 feet and height of just over 14 feet. The accident airplane was imported into the U.S. and issued an FAA standard airworthiness certificate and registration number on December 2, 2009. The corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, that owned it at the time of the accident had purchased it on December 16, 2009.