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Accident in Spain, M20K D-ETFT

From Portuguese media, GA aircraft from LPCS to LERS crashed 70 km from destination. 3 pax no survivors.

Just looked into Ventusky and 100% cloud cover in the area plus rain.

METAR for Reus (LERS)
17:00 Z (28 min ago)

WIND 140° @ 6 kt
TEMP 18° / 17°, 94 %
PRESSURE 1010 hPa
VISIBILITY 4000 m
CLOUD Broken at 600 ft, Broken at 1,100 ft
Mist

Low pressure and a cold fron5 also on the way.

Without jumping into much conclusions seems to be VMC into IMC. Sad day to GA.

Additional info Mooney m20 D reg.

Last Edited by lmsl1967 at 12 May 17:47
LCLK, Portugal

Well, 70kms out coming from LPCS they were most likely overhead the Priorat, which is a hilly wine-growing area to the west of Reus. If they had a tech issue, nowhere really to set down, no matter the wx. Sad, RIP.

“VMC into IMC”

You mean VFR into IMC ?

EBZW EBGB

airways wrote:

“VMC into IMC”

You mean VFR into IMC ?

That takes me back a long way.

“VMC into IMC”

You mean VFR into IMC ?

Yes, sorry for the mistake. There are a few photos on the online paper (which you never know if we’re taken at the scene) and the sky was overcast.

Update. According to Portuguese CAA and quoting the paper, all occupants are German citizens.

LCLK, Portugal

Do you have the registration ? Or maybe a link to the article ? Flying a Mooney myself I’d like to follow this up.

EBZW EBGB

Not yet. Will look Monday for CAA initial report.

LCLK, Portugal

D-ETFT, a Mooney M20K.
Weather was IMC in the area, flight was on a VFR fpl. The pilot contacted ATC and told them they were having problems, and were unable to reach LERS. Finally he reported loss of engine, according to local ATC.
Sad news

Last Edited by Coolhand at 12 May 20:39
LECU - Madrid

What a tragedy. Such a capable aircraft.

EBZW EBGB

Fr24 track.
https://fr24.com/data/aircraft/d-etft#115a22ed

Typical VFR into bad weather. Looking for a way through the mountains. Then loss of engine due to possible fuel exhaustion?

LSZH, Switzerland
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