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Mooney Crashes Into Power Lines in Gaithersburg, MDOn 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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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.
Once again, enough money to buy a plane, not enough sense to fly it.
How was this not catastrophic? Maybe he came in parallel to the wires?
Listen to the ATC communication w/ the pilot that is available on YouTube.
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.