March 14, 2013, Mount Airy, N.C., BD-5 Experimental


The airplane was substantially damaged at about 1920 Eastern time when it impacted the ground following loss of control while on final approach. The private pilot was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to witnesses, the airplane was observed in a low pass to the east of Runway 36 when it pulled up and banked to the right, then banked steeply to the left while climbing. The airplane continued in a left bank and subsequently impacted the ground and came to rest in a ravine on airport property. Initial examination revealed the fuselage had separated in half.


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