Cat. 3 investigation report: report concerning an occurrence with limited consequences, based on one or more statements not independently validated by the BEA.
This is a courtesy translation by the BEA of the Final Report on the Safety Investigation published in December 2021. As accurate as the translation may be, the original text in French is the work of reference.
Note: The following information is principally based on statements made by the pilot. This information has not been independently validated by the BEA.
1 - HISTORY OF THE FLIGHT
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, took off from runway 34 at Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne aerodrome at around 11:00 for a local flight. During the take-off, the pilot noticed that the central fastening catch of the canopy doors was incorrectly locked. He decided to continue the take-off. The doors opened by about five centimetres. The pilot decided not to attempt to put back the catch and to return to land on the reciprocal QFU. The pilot stated that on final for runway 16, the aeroplane was high above the approach slope and fast, which offset the touchdown zone. Observing that his speed was not controlled and that the end of the runway was getting closer, the pilot started a right turn. The aeroplane skidded off the runway, went over an embankment and came to rest in a pile of earth a few metres past the end of the runway. The left main gear leg was slightly bent and the leading edge of the left wing was damaged.
2 - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The pilot stated that the runway was wet and the wind was light at the time of take-off. He added that during the landing run, about halfway down the runway, he saw that the windsock was indicating a 5 to 10 kt northerly wind. He indicated that the windsock at the threshold of runway 34 was difficult to see on final for runway 16.
The 70-year-old pilot held a LightAircraft Pilot License LAPL (A) issued in 2017, and had logged about 200 flight hours, including four hours in the previous three months.