December 29, Gainesville, Ga. / Mooney M20C


At 14:10 eastern time, a Mooney M20C lost engine power and struck trees while on approach to Gilmer Memorial Airport, killing the pilot. The Gainesville Unicom operator said the pilot reported a loss of engine power and said he was landing on runway 11. A witness observed the airplane rocking its wings and then nose down into a spin. The airplane struck the ground in about a 70-degree nose-down attitude.


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