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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37411
Last updated: 5 December 2019
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Date:06-JAN-1996
Time:19:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20F
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N9199V
C/n / msn: 690052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cape Charles, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Gaithersburg, MD (GAI)
Destination airport:Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot was advised that VFR flight was not recommended. He contacted Norfolk Approach Control and requested permission to transition through their airspace. He indicated that he intended to fly south along the coast in an attempt to avoid the approaching winter storm. The airplane disappeared from radar/radio contact while over the Chesapeake Bay. Radar data revealed that the airplane was in a descending right turn from 2100 feet MSL until it disappeared from radar contact at 800 feet MSL. Search efforts located airplane parts along the beach, and located the main wreckage in the Chesapeake Bay. The wreckage has not been fully recovered. The pilot did not possess an instrument rating. It was a dark night with snow and fog. CAUSE: The pilot's improper in-flight planning/decision making by continuing flight into known adverse weather conditions. Related factors were the dark night and the winter storm (snow and fog).

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X05150


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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