Sunday, February 02, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Czech Aircraft SportCruiser, N595SC; accident occurred November 23, 2019 at Lamar Municipal Airport (KLAA), Prowers County, Colorado

View of the left side canopy latch. 
Federal Aviation Administration

View of the of the right side canopy handle and catch and lever.
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View of damage to the inboard right wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

View of damage to the inboard right wing. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lamar, CO
Accident Number: GAA20CA092
Date & Time: 11/23/2019, 1630 MST
Registration: N595SC
Aircraft: Czech Aircraft Works Spol Sro Sportscruiser
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during approach the canopy opened, and he was distracted "because it was like a tornado in the plane." He attempted to hold the canopy closed and in the confusion the airplane impacted the ground short of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

According to FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors that examined the airplane after the accident, no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies were found with the canopy handle, latch, or the catch. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/01/2000
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/19/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 542 hours (Total, all aircraft), 29 hours (Total, this make and model), 460 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Aircraft Works Spol Sro
Registration: N595SC
Model/Series: Sportscruiser
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: 06SC002
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 920 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912S
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 97 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAA, 3704 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 60°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Alamosa, CO (ALS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lamar, CO (LAA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Lamar Muni (LAA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3705 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.069722, -102.688611 (est)

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