Monday, February 22, 2016

Liberty XL-2, N568XL: Accident occurred February 20, 2016 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida 

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA113 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Orlando, FL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 20, 2016, about 1900 eastern standard time, a Liberty Aerospace, Inc., XL-2, N568XL, experienced a runway excursion during takeoff and subsequent collapse of all landing gear at the Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando, Florida. The commercial pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the occurrence, and was destined for Spruce Creek Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida.

The pilot stated that he had previously landed at MCO uneventfully, taxied to a fixed base operator, and secured the airplane; no discrepancies with the brakes were reported. He met his wife at the commercial terminal, and they then proceeded back to the airplane where he checked the oil quantity and fuel system for contaminants since 5.0 gallons of fuel were added. He started the engine and did a brake system check after rolling forward, reporting no discrepancies were noted. He was given taxi clearance and taxied to the approach end of runway 18R, where he was informed to cross the runway and expect departure from runway 18L. After crossing runway 18R he noted a "softness" in the brakes but stopped the airplane. He and his wife (non-pilot but familiar with the airplane) did a brake test by allowing the airplane to move forward slightly with low engine rpm and applying the brakes which stopped the airplane; no discrepancies were reported. He was cleared to takeoff by air traffic control and perceived the need for an immediate departure. He added power and rolled onto the runway at an angle beginning a rolling takeoff. Upon entering the runway with a slight crosswind from the right, the right brake failed and the airplane veered to the left; further application of the brakes increased the severity of the braking. With runway lights ahead, he stopped braking and added full power in an attempt to regain directional control with the increased speed and cleared runway lights and signs. He then aborted the takeoff and landed in grass, where the airplane contacted a ridge or berm causing collapse of all landing gears.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

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