Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2007 Issue

December 7, 2006, Summerscille, W.V. / Mooney M20R

The airplane was destroyed during a forced landing at about 1300 Eastern time, fatally injuring the solo Commercial pilot. While en route on an IFR flight plan, the pilot told ATC he had "engine problems" and needed "the next VFR airport." Subsequently, the controller asked the pilot if he needed to climb, and the pilot replied he needed to descend "right away to get a warmer temperature."

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