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N3877H accident description

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Crash location 35.423611°N, 85.730834°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Clifton, TN
35.387020°N, 87.995307°W
127.5 miles away
Tail number N3877H
Accident date 18 Jun 2016
Aircraft type Mooney M20
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that he was conducting a cross-country flight and flying in instrument meteorological conditions at an altitude of 7,000 ft mean sea level (msl) when the airplane encountered turbulence. While climbing to a higher altitude, he encountered extreme turbulence at 8,500 ft msl. The pilot lost control of the airplane, which entered an uncontrolled dive, and descended to 5,600 ft msl before he was able to regain control. The pilot subsequently landed without further incident. A post-flight inspection of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the right wing spar. The pilot reported no preexisting mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation; however, he stated that he may have overstressed the airplane during the recovery from the uncontrolled descent. A review of weather data revealed that there were no SIGMETs or AIRMETs for turbulence issued for the area of the accident, around the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The flight's encounter with unforecast extreme turbulence, which resulted in a loss of airplane control and structural damage.

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