Accident Evektor SportStar N811EV, Sunday 10 March 2013
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Date:Sunday 10 March 2013
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EVSS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Evektor SportStar
Registration: N811EV
MSN: 2006 0811
Total airframe hrs:1638 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:San Jose, California -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:San Jose-Reid-Hillview Airport, CA (RHV/KRHV)
Destination airport:San Jose-Reid-Hillview Airport, CA (RHV/KRHV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, as the airplane was about 10 feet above the runway during takeoff, the cockpit canopy began to open and rotate forward. The pilot reached up with his right hand to grab the canopy and hold it down. He decided to abort the takeoff and pointed the airplane back toward the runway. He could not manipulate the throttle with one hand on the stick and the other on the canopy, and the airplane landed at a groundspeed of about 55 knots. During the landing roll, the airplane departed the runway, substantially damaging the left wing root and buckling the fuselage behind the firewall. Postaccident examination of the canopy locking mechanism revealed that the canopy latch and handle were functioning properly.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to adequately latch the canopy before takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR13CA142
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report




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