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Lakeland Mooney Crash: Fire, But No Serious Injuries

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Lakeland Mooney Crash: Fire, But No Serious Injuries

The pilot of a new Mooney Acclaim with only a few hours on the airframe escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when the aircraft lost power and crashed during a landing attempt at Lakeland Linder Airport. Mooney COO Tom Bowen told AVweb Monday evening that the aircraft was completed during the past month and had been conveyed to Premier Aircraft, a Fort Lauderdale dealer and aircraft modification business. The pilot, Richard Simile, 56, of Auburn, Ala., a Premier employee, was examined at a local hospital and released with what Bowen described as bumps and bruises. FULL STORY

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