April 1, 2013, Guymon, Okla., Mooney M20E Super 21


The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at an unknown time. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed at the time of departure; a flight plan had not been filed. The airplane took off from a nearby airport at 1203 Central time.

The airplane was reported overdue the next day and found a day later in a remote area at an estimated terrain elevation of 3170 feet msl. Evidence suggests the airplane impacted terrain in a nearly vertical attitude and was nearly consumed by a post-impact fire. Weather at the time of departure included wind from 360 degrees at 13 gusting to 23 knots, visibility of 10 miles, a broken ceiling broken at 800 feet agl, overcast clouds at 1200 feet agl and temperature of three degrees C.


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