February 11, 2010, Brunswick, Ga., Liberty Aerospace Liberty XL-2


At 1505 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during landing. The private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

A witness observed the airplane power up and perform a go-around or touch-and-go and reported the airplane “did not appear to be climbing as fast as it should…and appeared to be almost stalling.” The airplane then turned left at the departure end of the runway and “sharply lost altitude,” impacting nose-down on an intersecting runway. An FAA inspector observed prop strikes on the runway consistent with the airplane being at a 45-degree angle to the runway during landing. Weather recorded at the time included wind from 280 degrees at six knots, clear skies and visibility of 10 miles.


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