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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142436
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Type:Swearingen SX-300
Registration: N120J
MSN: 60
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Truth or Conseqences, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Truth or Consequences, NM (TCS)
Destination airport:Truth or Consequences, NM (TCS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to takeoff, the pilot forgot to properly latch the canopy. Shortly after rotation, the pilot noticed that the canopy had partially opened, which resulted in a distraction and a loss of airplane control. Subsequently, the airplane contacted the runway, and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest upright on the side of the runway. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was bent and buckled. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot did not maintain airplane control during takeoff due to his distraction with the improperly secured canopy, which he forgot to latch.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Feb-2012 08:53 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Feb-2012 16:10 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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