Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2010 Issue

November 3, 2009, Fairview, N.C., Mooney M20C

At 1720 Eastern time, the airplane collided with a tree while making a forced landing following loss of engine power. The airplane incurred substantial damage and the pilot and passenger received serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed; an IFR flight plan was filed. The pilot later stated the engine power "rolled back" while in cruise at 8000 feet msl and the propeller continued to windmill.

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