Loss of control Accident Swearingen SX-300 N120J,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142436
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Date:Tuesday 3 January 2012
Type:Swearingen SX-300
Registration: N120J
MSN: 60
Total airframe hrs:1350 hours
Engine model:Lycoming AEIO-540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Truth or Conseqences, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Truth or Consequences, NM (TCS)
Destination airport:Truth or Consequences, NM (TCS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Prior to takeoff, the pilot forgot to properly latch the canopy. Shortly after rotation, the pilot noticed that the canopy had partially opened, which resulted in a distraction and a loss of airplane control. Subsequently, the airplane contacted the runway, and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest upright on the side of the runway. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was bent and buckled. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot did not maintain airplane control during takeoff due to his distraction with the improperly secured canopy, which he forgot to latch.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN12CA121
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register: https://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120104X41711&key=1

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
12 June 1999 N120J Private 0 Hill Afb, UT sub


Revision history:

11-Feb-2012 08:53 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Feb-2012 16:10 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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