Accident Mooney M20M N2135X, Sunday 9 January 2000
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Date:Sunday 9 January 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mooney M20M
Registration: N2135X
MSN: 27-0237
Engine model:Lycoming TIO-540-AF1B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mount Pleasant , SC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was cleared for a night instrument approach in instrument conditions. A witness who was waiting for the pilot at the airport heard the airplane fly over the airport flying towards a residential area, but could not see the airplane due to fog. Witnesses in the residential area observed the airplane descend out of the fog, pull up about 40-degrees, and reenter the fog in a steep left bank with slow airspeed. The airplane was observed descending out of the fog in a 70-degree left bank. An increase in engine power was heard, the airplane disappeared from view and was heard to impact water and a marshy area. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, engine assembly and accessories revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction. Toxicology results revealed the pilot was impaired due to drugs.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed (VSO) while maneuv ering on a night instrument approach in instrument conditions. This resulted in an inadvertent in-flight loss of control (stall/spin), and subsequent in-flight collision with a swamp. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's impairment due to marihuana.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA00FA066
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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