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November 29, 2022

Two Rescued from Mooney Trapped in Maryland Powerlines

Incident Under Investigation

Two people were rescued in the wee hours of Monday, 28 November 2022 from a Mooney M20J trapped in live powerlines near Gaithersburg, Maryland. In addition to serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the individuals—identified by Maryland State Police as pilot Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C., and passenger Janet Williams, 66, of Marrero, Louisiana—suffered hypothermia during the six-hours they remained trapped in the badly damaged aircraft following its impact with a powerline tower in the vicinity of Montgomery County Airpark (GAI).

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T210

He Attempted To Increase Engine Power, But The Engine Did Not Respond

On October 27, 2022, about 2007 central daylight time, a Cessna T210M, N36X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS), Burleson, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part91 corporate flight. The pilot reported that the flight was initiated from the Columbus Airport, Columbus, Georgia (CSG), about 0350, with the fuel selector on the right fuel tank.

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