NTSB Identification: LAX83LA413.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22766.
Accident occurred Monday, August 29, 1983 in JACKSON, CA
Aircraft: CATTO ACRO X, registration: N83AX
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT MADE A TURN INTO THE DOWNWIND LEG. AT ABOUT 500 FT AGL WHILE THE PLT ROCKED THE WINGED TO FRIENDS ON THE GROUND, THE CANOPY BLEW OFF & BECAME LODGED IN THE RIGHT WING'S FLYING WIRES. THE ACFT BEGAN TO ROLL TO THE RIGHT& PITCH UPWARDS. THE MAIN RIGHT WING STALLED & THE ACFT BECAME UNCONTROLLABLE. THE PLT BAILED OUT & HIS CHUTE OPENED ABOUT 300 FT AGL. THE PLT LATER STATED THAT HE BELIEVES THE CANOPY LATCH WAS NOT PROPERLY SECURED PRIOR THE TAKEOFF.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..UNLOCKED

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..DETERIORATED

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..SEPARATION

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