Loss of control Accident Evektor SportStar N804EV, Sunday 26 July 2015
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Date:Sunday 26 July 2015
Time:09:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EVSS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Evektor SportStar
Registration: N804EV
MSN: 2006 0804
Year of manufacture:2006
Total airframe hrs:269 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Eufaula, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Eufaula-Weedon Field, AL (EUF/KEUF)
Destination airport:HEADLAND, AL (0J6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that after completing his before takeoff checklist, the checklist was "blown" outside of the airplane. After he retrieved the checklist and restarted his engine, he stated that he "scanned all the instruments but did not go through the complete checklist". As the main landing gear lifted off the runway during the takeoff roll the canopy "popped up". The pilot stated that as he was attempting to close the canopy, the airplane drifted to the left of the runway and impacted trees about 8 feet above the ground.  The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and empennage.  

The pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain direction control during takeoff, and the pilot's failure to ensure that the canopy of the airplane was secured and locked prior to departure.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA15CA198
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report




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07-Oct-2022 06:55 ASN Update Bot Added

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