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Mooney Crashes Into Power Lines in Gaithersburg, MD

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On Sunday, November 27, 2022, an MFC Corp Mooney M20J departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York at 3:00 p.m., before crashing and becoming entangled in power lines approximately two-and-a-half hours later. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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georgewilhelmsen
Let's see:
Conditions: 200 ft overcast, 1 mile visibility.
Lowest approach conditions: 300 ft and 1 mile.
2 miles from the runway, the plane (per the RNAV approach plate) should not have been that low - it should have been at 1280 feet until JONAX intersection.

What was the pilot doing 689 feet? He's way too low - and should have gone full power and taken the missed approach.

I can't wait for the NTSB investigation. Something isn't right here.
allorrie
Al Miller 3
Did the pilot hit the wires and "skid" into the tower? I would think hitting the tower directly would have caused more damage to both plane and tower.
CHBHA
CB HARDY 5
Once again, enough money to buy a plane, not enough sense to fly it.
clandel
How was this not catastrophic? Maybe he came in parallel to the wires?
turbodogfl
turbo dog 2
N201RF
mfinkmd
Listen to the ATC communication w/ the pilot that is available on YouTube.
ewrcap
David Beattie 2
These are two lucky people! They should run out and buy lotto tix!
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
Another URL that is not blocked by a Pay Wall! https://www.cbsnews.com/baltimore/news/before-a-small-plane-crashed-into-power-lines-and-tower-in-maryland-an-air-traffic-controller-warned-pilot-his-altitude-reading-was-too-low/
Frosty1025
Frosty1025 2
Thank you for the story link.
yoni17
Yehonatan Buckwald 1
https://aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2022/november/28/it-looks-like-they-made-it
RWSlater
Ron Slater 2
Well this lawyer can now defend himself in court from the sure to be impending multi million dollar lawsuits.
roosa1660
Fred Rosa 1
Thank you
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue 1
There's a lot of reasons why this "should've" been worse, thankfully it wasn't!
FlightDeck2026
David Croft 1
I saw that photo a couple days ago, I thought it was an RC plane…
M20ExecDriver
M20ExecDriver 1
Trying to take a peak under low overcast? A Cheyenne went missed before this fiasco. He should have went to an alternate. YMMV.
gbotemi08064133886
Adigun Samuel 1
On Sunday, November 27, 2022, an MFC Corp Mooney M20J departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York at 3:00 p.m., before crashing
jbsimms
James Simms 0
Just hanging around

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TimDyck
Tim Dyck 2
I saw this on the news and logged on to flight aware to get more info. Yes it was posted but I would rather see the same story twice than not see it at all.

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