Monday, May 08, 2017

JSX-2 SubSonex, N458V: Accident occurred May 07, 2017 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS), Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Missouri

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Saint Louis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA272

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 07, 2017 in Chesterfield, MO
Aircraft: JOHN MURPHY JSX-2, registration: N458V
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, after takeoff, about "100 ft. above ground level" the canopy opened and the airplane became "very hard to control". He added, that he was able to return to the airport to land, however during the approach the airplane was unstable due to the "pitching and yawing". Subsequently, during the landing flare when he reduced engine power, the airplane touched down hard and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane exited the runway to the right, and came to rest nose down. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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