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On December 10, 2016, about 1215 Eastern Standard Time, a privately owned and operated experimental amateur built Lightning, N59JL, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain while manoeuvring in the traffic pattern at Franklin Municipal-John Beverly Rose Airport, Franklin, Virginia. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger sustained a serious injury.

The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal, local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight which was originating at the time of the accident.

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General details
Date: 10 December 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1715 UTC  
Location   (show map):Franklin Municipal-John Beverly Rose Airport (KFKN), Virginia, USA Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Lightning 
Aircraft registration: N59JL 
Type of operation: Unknown 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
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Last update 14 November 2018