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On August 22, 1993 at 1230 EDT, a home built Falcon-XP, N534AA took off from a private air strip near Zeeland, Michigan. Shortly after lift-off, the covering on the upper left wing detached and started to peel back resulting in loss of lift and uncontrolled descent into the ground.
INJURIES TO PERSONS
The private pilot and owner of the aircraft received minor injuries.
DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT
Substantial damage resulted from ground contact. The fuselage collapsed forward of the wing, nose gear folded into fuselage, the wings and tail were distorted.
The wing covering of transparent Mylar, was held onto the aluminum leading edge with tape. The tape peeled off the upper left wing causing a loose flapping covering.
The wreckage was released to the owner R.W. Thorpe on August 23, 1993.