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N6422U accident description

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Crash location 47.041389°N, 123.434722°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 Elma, WA
47.003429°N, 123.408769°W
2.9 miles away

Tail number N6422U
Accident date 22 Jul 2009
Aircraft type Mooney M20C
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On July 22, 2009, at 1447 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20C, N6422U, sustained substantial damage following an in-flight collision with trees, power transmission lines and terrain approximately 5 miles northwest of Elma, Washington. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was killed. The airplane was registered to the pilot, and was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) fire patrol flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The flight departed Olympia, Washington, at 1417; no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at Olympia and the accident location.

A witness observed smoke trailing from the airplane as it descended towards trees. Shortly thereafter, the airplane impacted trees and power transmission lines.

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