Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2003 Issue

November 12, Vineyard Haven, Mass. / Mooney Ovation

At about 1955 eastern time, a Mooney M20R crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about five miles south of Martha’s Vineyard Airport. The pilot and a passenger were presumed killed. The airplane was cleared for the VOR Runway 6 approach and descended to about 200 feet, and then began a climbing right turn to an altitude of 700 feet before radar contact was lost. A pilot who had landed at MVY about 15 minutes prior to the accident using the same approach said he had no problems tracking the VOR. His flight broke out at 700 feet with 2 to 3 miles of visibility in moderate rain. The accident pilot reported two miles out and asked if someone could confirm the runway lights were on, but they were not. T...

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