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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210952
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Time:07:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic JUNR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bölkow Bo 208
Registration: D-EKMY
MSN: 514
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Serious incident
Location:Carntown, Co. Louth -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Navan Airfield (EIHH)
Destination airport:Biggin Hill, UK (EGKB)
Investigating agency: AAIU
The aircraft departed runway 27, Navan Airfield (EIHH) at 07:35 hrs with the pilot’s stated intention to fly to Biggin Hill, UK (EGKB). After take-off the aircraft climbed to 2,000 feet (ft) and proceeded east towards the Irish Sea. A short time later the aircraft forward canopy opened unexpectedly. The canopy was held briefly by a restraining cable and initially opened by approximately 25 millimetres (mm). The fastener at the end of the cable broke shortly afterwards, allowing the forward canopy to fully open and hit the rear canopy located behind the pilot’s head. The canopy Perspex shattered.
At the time of the occurrence, the aircraft was travelling at 110 Knots (Kts). The open canopy caused the aircraft to pitch upwards. The aircraft inverted and began to lose altitude. The pilot recovered the situation by using full left aileron. The pilot informed the Investigation that the open canopy changed the flight characteristics of the aircraft and that he had to maintain full engine power in short bursts. This kept the aircraft above stall speed whilst protecting the engine from a significant overspeed. The pilot began to experience breathing difficulties because of the force of the air flow and he elected to land as soon as possible. He identified a suitable field, and carried out a successful forced landing.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

12-May-2018 20:14 harro Added

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