Accident CSA PiperSport N643JK, Thursday 12 August 2021
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Date:Thursday 12 August 2021
Time:09:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CSA PiperSport
Owner/operator:Santa Monica Flyers Inc
Registration: N643JK
MSN: P1001019
Year of manufacture:2010
Total airframe hrs:1546 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912ULS SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Santa Monica Airport (SMO/KSMO), CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Santa Monica Airport, CA (SMO/KSMO)
Destination airport:San Bernardino International Airport, CA (SBD/KSBD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The solo student pilot reported that, shortly after takeoff, about 250 ft above ground level (agl) she discovered that the cockpit canopy was unlocked. She notified the tower controller of the situation and requested to land. While on final approach the airplane was high, so she reduced power to glide to the runway. She attempted to level off on the glide path however the airplane continued to descend and impacted the runway in a nose down attitude. The lower fuselage and right wing were substantially damaged. The operator reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's improper landing flare.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR21LA317
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register:


Revision history:

13-Aug-2021 06:35 gerard57 Added
13-Aug-2021 07:39 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2021 14:24 Anon. Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]
13-Aug-2021 21:44 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
14-Aug-2021 06:01 Anon. Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2021 16:10 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2022 13:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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