Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar, G-SDFM
The aircraft was level at 3,000 ft to the north of Mansfield when the canopy suddenly shattered. Loose items within the cockpit began moving about and some of these, including the pilot’s rucksack, fell overboard. The pilot suffered lacerations to the head which caused profuse bleeding, impairing the vision in her right eye. Despite these difficulties, she was able to identify a suitable field and carried out a successful forced landing. It was concluded that the most likely reason for the canopy shattering was a bird strike.
Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar, G-SDFM 02-10.pdf (243.76 kb)
Date of occurrence: 31 July 2009