Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2011 Issue

November 10, 2010, Copake, N.Y., Mooney M20F

At about 1950 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with wooded terrain. The private pilot and passenger were killed. Night visual conditions prevailed for the IFR flight. The pilot was in radar and radio contact with ATC as the flight approached its destination. The airplane began a descent from 7000 feet msl to 4000 feet, radioed he had the destination in sight and canceled his IFR clearance.

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