Used Aircraft Guide


Mitsubishi MU-2

A capable, if unusual, turboprop, but its workload and handling are demanding enough that it can bite the unwary. Training is critical.


Pilots browsing through the light turboprops as a natural step up from a piston twin might be drawn to the Mitsubishi MU-2s by the lure of dazzling speed, unbeatable short-field work and a less-than-shocking purchase price. However, the airplane has a reputation as being “hot” and dangerous. Most owners attribute this to bad press, but the press had to come from somewhere: in this case, it was the accident rate, which was very high in the early years—so high that the FAA considered requiring a type rating for the MU-2. That never came to pass, however.

So, is the MU-2 unsafe? Owners universally say “no, but....” The “but” is the need for initial and recurrent training. One...

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