Squawk Box

June 2006 Issue

Squawk Box: 06/06

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.


Sonerai Model II LT Experimental
Failed Canopy Latch Mechanism

During the investigation into an accident involving a Sonerai II Experimental aircraft, it was discovered that the canopy latch had no positive or over-center latch mechanism to prevent the canopy from coming open during flight. According to a post-accident interview with the pilot/builder, the canopy inadvertently came open in flight, causing loss of control—one factor contributing to the accident. This aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was seriously injured. The FAA admon...

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