NTSB Identification: NYC83LA007
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 10, 1982 in ELMIRA, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/10/1983
Aircraft: GLOBE SWIFT GC-1B, registration: N50BS
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING TAKEOFF, THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CANOPY SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT AS IT WAS CLIMBING THROUGH ABOUT 150 TO 200 FT AGL. THE PILOT NOTIFIED THE TOWER OF THE SITUATION AND CLEARANCE WAS OBTAINED TO LAND ON ANY RUNWAY. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, HE TURNED CROSSWIND TOO SOON AND BEGAN A DOWNWIND TOO CLOSE-IN WHILE AVOIDING GLIDER OPERATIONS. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE BEGAN A TIGHT 180 DEGREE TURN FROM A LOW DOWNWIND TO FINAL APPROACH. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING THE TURN, THE AIRCRAFT "BEGAN TO FALL OUT OF THE SKY." HE ADDED FULL POWER AND STATED THAT PARTIAL CONTROL WAS ACHIEVED OVER A TAXIWAY. HE ELECTED TO CHOP THE POWER AND LAND. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD IN A 3 POINT ATTITUDE AND WAS DAMAGED. THE PILOT BELIEVED THAT THE FRONT CANOPY PIN WAS ENGAGED BEFORE TAKE- OFF (IT WAS VISUALLY CHECKED). HOWEVER, HE NOTED THAT THE REAR PIN WAS LOCATED OUTSIDE. HE RECOMMENDED A MORE PRUDENT CHECK OF THE CANOPY ATTACHMENT (FRONT AND REAR PINS). HE HAD INSTALLED A NEW WEATHER SEAL AT THE REAR HATCH.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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