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Canopy failure led to crash landing
A LIGHT aircraft crash landed near Old Sarum Airfield in June after the cockpit canopy partially opened, a report has ruled.
The pilot had taken off from Old Sarum Airfield on June 23 when he noticed the canopy had become unlatched at an altitude of 2,800ft and couldn’t be locked.
The pilot radioed a mayday call but decided he could not reach the airfield and landed in a field nearby where the aircraft flipped over.
He lost consciousness for a “few moments” before kicking his way out of the aircraft but he was not badly injured.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said it will issue advice to help prevent canopies becoming unlocked in flight and urge care in operation and maintenance of locking mechanisms.