Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2009 Issue

September 30, 2009, Albany, Ind., Mooney M20M

The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire when it hit trees and terrain at 1237 Eastern time. The solo instrument-rated commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot was conducting touch-and-go operations at an airport in Michigan before being issued an IFR clearance for a round-robin flight to the Traverse City Vortac at FL250. The pilot became unresponsive during the flight; the airplane was subsequently intercepted by National Guard F-16s who escorted the airplane until it crashed in a cornfield.

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