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Accredited Representative (State of Manufacture (engine)) - Engine failure and collision with terrain involving Mathias Lightning aircraft registered N59JL, Franklin, Virginia USA, on 10 December 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

The schedule is the responsibility of the investigating state.

General details
Date: 10 December 2016   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1715 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Franklin Municipal-John Beverly Rose Airport (KFKN), Virginia, USA    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Lightning  
Aircraft registration N59JL  
Type of operation Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 14 November 2018