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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.

The schedule is the responsibility of the investigating state.

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