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N1216X accident description

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Crash location 35.017500°N, 106.271389°W
Nearest city Edgewood, NM
35.061436°N, 106.191414°W
5.4 miles away
Tail number N1216X
Accident date 26 Dec 2008
Aircraft type Mooney M20C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The private pilot was at a cruise altitude of 12,000 feet in instrument meteorological conditions on an instrument flight rules flight plan when he experienced a total loss of engine power 6 minutes after switching fuel tanks. The pilot initiated an emergency descent and broke out of the clouds at approximately 300 feet above the ground and landed in a clearing with the landing gear retracted. The airplane slid approximately 300 feet and impacted a fence. The pilot and his two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

NTSB Probable Cause

A total loss of engine power while at cruise altitude for undetermined reasons.

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