September 6, 2012, Winnsboro, La., Lancair IV Experimental


The airplane was substantially damaged at approximately 1245 Central time when it impacted terrain during a go-around. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the test flight.

Several witnesses heard an increase in engine rpm consistent with the pilot adding power to perform a go-around. Two witnesses observed the landing gear retracting. Several witnesses reported hearing a subsequent loss of engine power. The nose of the airplane came up and then dropped. The airplane impacted approximately 800 feet off the runway’s departure end.


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