FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Louisville FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA274
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 2016 in London, KY
Aircraft: ALISPORT SRL SILENT 2 TARGA, registration: N602SL
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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On July 24, 2016, about 1037 eastern daylight time, an AliSport SRL Silent 2 Targa, N602SL, collided with terrain while landing at London-Corbin Airport-Magee Field (LOZ), London, Kentucky. The private pilot sustained minor injuries and the motor-glider was substantially damaged. The glider was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a local, personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 7 minutes earlier from LOZ.
The pilot stated that he performed a short-duration flight around the LOZ traffic pattern earlier that morning and reported no discrepancies. He then intended to fly a second flight to locate thermals. In advance of that flight, he boarded the glider, and while attempting to latch the canopy he identified that the right latch was not secure. He cycled the right latch which corrected the issue then started the engine and taxied to the runway. After takeoff he climbed to 500 feet above ground level (agl) and turned onto the crosswind and then downwind legs of the traffic pattern. While flying at 700 feet agl and 50 mph with the engine operating, he heard a sound and noted that the right canopy latch released which allowed the right side to rise up about 1 inch. He attempted to close the canopy but the left side then became released followed by the nose hinge. The pilot opted not to jettison the canopy because the engine was operating, and attempted to keep the canopy from separating. He secured the engine but did not center the propeller or retract the engine. He turned onto the base and then final leg of the traffic pattern, but noted the glider was not aligned and would be unable to reach the runway. While descending at 50 mph, the left wing collided with trees. The glider then descended and impacted the ground coming to rest in a nose-low attitude with the canopy nearby.