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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195610
Last updated: 22 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-300S
Registration: N68PW
MSN: 030
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (KPDT), Pendleton, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pendleton Airport, OR (PDT/KPDT)
Destination airport:Pendleton Airport, OR (PDT/KPDT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot reported that, shortly after starting the takeoff roll for the local flight, the canopy lifted up and then separated from the airplane. The airplane subsequently veered left, exited the runway, and struck an airport runway sign during the aborted takeoff, which resulted in substantial damage to the canopy and wing.
Postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any anomalies with the canopy, canopy attachment bolts, mounting bolt holes, latches, or locking mechanism that would have precluded normal operation.
Two normal checklists (the Before Starting Engine and Taxi checklists) in the airplane’s pilot’s operating handbook call for the pilot to check that the canopy is closed and locked before takeoff. The pilot stated that he did not remember checking that the canopy was locked and also stated that he was fairly sure that it was not latched; thus, it is likely that the pilot did not ensure that the canopy was properly secured before takeoff.    

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to follow checklists to ensure the canopy was secured before takeoff.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 Mar 1993 VH-OOE Private 0 Bankstown Airport (BWU/YSBK), NSW sub



Photo of N68PW courtesy

Oshkosh - Wittman Regional (KOSH / OSH)
31 July 2009; (c) Kas van Zonneveld

Revision history:

23-May-2017 17:50 Geno Added
31-May-2017 08:04 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
15-Apr-2019 14:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
15-Apr-2019 16:02 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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