Accident Evektor EV-97 Harmony LSA N377YG, Sunday 11 February 2024
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Date:Sunday 11 February 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic EV97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Evektor EV-97 Harmony LSA
Owner/operator:Rotor Notions Inc
Registration: N377YG
MSN: 2020 2131
Year of manufacture:2020
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA/KSNA), Santa Ana, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA)
Destination airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On February 11, 2024, about 1035 Pacific standard time, an Evektor-Aerotechnik Harmony LSA, N377YG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Santa Ana, California. The flight instructor sustained serious injuries and the student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to a flight instructor that witnessed the accident, a transport category airplane had touched down on runway 20R at the John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California, about 30 seconds before the accident airplane descended over airport property just north of runway 20L. The witness stated that as the airplane was about 50 ft above ground level (agl) it appeared to be landing on runway 20L, when it entered an aggressive right roll and descended rapidly into terrain. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage were substantially damaged.

About 14 minutes after the accident, recorded weather conditions at SNA showed that the wind was calm. Preliminary review of recorded air traffic control communications revealed that the tower controller issued the pilots of the accident airplane a caution about wake turbulence from the transport category airplane, which was acknowledged by the student pilot.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


NTSB (video) (photo)



Photo: Orange County Fire Authority

Photo taken right after I witnessed this crash while approaching runway 20L. It’s not ground loop, it’s a stall from about 20ft


Revision history:

11-Feb-2024 21:16 Geno Added
12-Feb-2024 07:26 vasilf Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
12-Feb-2024 07:27 ASN Updated [Aircraft type]
12-Feb-2024 07:34 ASN Updated [Departure airport, Source, Photo]
12-Feb-2024 07:52 vasilf Updated [Embed code, Category]
12-Feb-2024 10:37 Spectator Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
12-Feb-2024 12:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Cn, Nature, Source, Narrative, Category]
12-Feb-2024 18:54 fr7391 Updated [Narrative]
12-Feb-2024 20:03 ASN Updated
13-Feb-2024 08:22 Anon. Updated [Time]
13-Feb-2024 08:23 Anon. Updated [Photo]
13-Feb-2024 08:23 ASN Updated [Narrative]
15-Feb-2024 22:14 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Mar-2024 08:03 Anon. Updated [Source]
07-Mar-2024 09:51 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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