NTSB Identification: MIA94FA031.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 30, 1993 in JACKSONVILLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1994
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N9241V
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

RECORDS INDICATED THE AIRPLANE HAD NOT BEEN OPERATED SINCE IT HAD BEEN REFUELED 2 DAYS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES OBSERVED IT MANEUVERING IN THE AREA BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. TWO WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE AIRPLANE ENTERED A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE & CRASHED. IMPACT OCCURRED IN A NOSE DOWN, LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE. BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE RUPTURED DURING IMPACT, THEREFORE THE AMOUNT OF FUEL ON BOARD WAS NOT DETERMINED, BUT AN ODOR OF FUEL WAS NOTED AT THE ACCIDENT SITE. RESIDUAL FUEL WAS REMAINING IN THE FUEL LINES. EXAM OF THE ENGINE & FLIGHT CONTROLS REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT'S BLOOD SHOWED 0.022 UG/ML OF CHLORPHENIRAMINE & 0.469 UG/ML OF PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE. ACCORDING TO AN FAA TOXICOLOGIST, THESE LEVELS WERE AT A THERAPEUTIC RANGE & COULD HAVE RESULTED IN DROWSINESS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED, WHILE MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDE, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE LACK OF ALTITUDE FOR RECOVERY FROM A STALL.

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