Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2011 Issue

May 20, 2011, Wurtsboro, N.H., DIAMOND DA20-C1

At about 1745 Eastern time, the airplane crashed in an empty parking lot. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger received serious injuries, and the airplane incurred substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed. Immediately after takeoff, witnesses observed the airplane maneuver in a "quick," sharp, right turn at low altitude. Several minutes later the airplane was observed to "swoop" down toward the approach end of the runway and pulled up until it was in the opposite direction from whence it came; this maneuver was performed twice at an estimated altitude of 250 feet agl.

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