Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2004 Issue

March 16, Los Angeles, Calif. / Mooney 231

At about 1703 Pacific time, a Mooney M20K crashed into a residence 0.53 nm south-southeast of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The airplane was destroyed and the two private pilots aboard were fatally injured. Weather at the time of the accident included visibility of 1/2 mile in mist and an overcast ceiling at 200 feet. The flight was cleared for a VOR approach and subsequently advised that it was “going around.” Instead of executing a missed approach procedure, the airplane never departed the area. Several witnesses reported hearing the airplane flying over the area. “In summary, the auditory witnesses indicated that the airplane’s noise sounded like it was circling over the area.”...

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