Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2001 Issue

Jan. 13, Somerset, Mass. / Mooney M20C

At about 16:30 eastern time, a Mooney M20C made a forced landing along the western shoreline of the Taunton River. The pilot was seriously injured. The pilot reported the airplane lost engine power while cruising northbound over the river. It struck one of two eight-cable bundles of power transmission lines. The airplane continued north, over a bridge and under another set of power cables before being forced down along the riverís shoreline. The fuel was clean and the carb heat had been activated. Weather conditions at the time were conducive to carb ice during glide and at cruise power settings....

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