Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2000 Issue

Aug. 29, Jonestown, Pa. / Mooney M20F

At 15:54 eastern time, a Mooney M20F struck a power line and crashed during an aborted landing at Dee Jay Airport. The pilot was killed. Dee Jay Airport is a private 1,800-foot sod strip oriented 09/27, with trees at the east end, and trees, houses and power lines at the west end. Traffic that landed to the west faced an uphill runway with a slight dogleg to the left. The pilot’s logs showed he had flown 11.8 hours in the previous eight months, with his previous flight more than three months before the accident flight. Witnesses reported the airplane flying slowly as it passed the departure end of the runway, striking the power lines and plunging to the ground. The pilot was delivering the a...

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