Accident Mooney M20R Ovation N1046L,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163048
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Date:Monday 6 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mooney M20R Ovation
Registration: N1046L
MSN: 29-0275
Year of manufacture:2001
Engine model:Continental IO-550-G6B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East of Boyne City Municipal Airport (N98), Boyne City, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Boyne City, MI (N98)
Destination airport:Troy, MI (VLL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The instrument-rated pilot received weather data via a computerized flight planning service on the morning of the accident. The briefing included a synopsis for upper Michigan that indicated overcast conditions at 3,000 feet with cloud tops at 12,000 feet, visibility of 3 to 5 miles with light snow showers and mist, and wind from the northwest gusting to 25 knots. An airmen’s meteorological information was current for instrument flight rules conditions with ceilings below 1,000 feet and visibility below 3 miles with precipitation, mist, and blowing snow at the time of the accident. Several witnesses reported hearing the airplane heading west, which was in the direction of the departure airport. Another witness stated that, due to the snow, he could only see the airplane's lights but that it appeared that the airplane banked “hard,” pitched up and down, and accelerated as it descended. The airplane impacted terrain about 1 mile east of the airport in a heavily wooded valley. The airplane was substantially damaged from impact and a postimpact fire. One witness reported whiteout conditions and several witnesses reported that it was snowing heavily at the time of the accident. Dark light and gusting wind conditions were also present at the time of the accident. An examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any preimpact anomalies that would have prevented normal operation. The pilot was likely trying to return to the airport after encountering dark night conditions and heavy snow showers and subsequently lost control of the airplane.  

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane as he attempted to return to the airport after encountering dark night conditions and heavy snow showers. 

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN14FA102
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

06-Jan-2014 16:37 gerard57 Added
06-Jan-2014 16:38 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Jan-2014 17:24 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2014 18:05 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2014 20:56 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
10-Jan-2014 00:38 Geno Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 13:21 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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