THE LOSS OF MACCHI A7-039  

The design of the Macchi, in common with many other aircraft has the canopy hinged along the right hand edge with a locking mechanism along the left.
Inadvertently releasing the left side locks in flight causes the canopy to pop up into the slipstream and flail about until the right side hinge and the support stanchion  fail.   The  resultant danger to the crew is extreme.

Compare this canopy design with that of the Mirage (below) for example, the canopy of which will depart the aircraft backwards, clear of the pilot.


The design of the Macchi, in common with many other aircraft has the canopy hinged along the right hand edge with a locking mechanism along the left.
Inadvertently releasing the left side locks in flight causes the canopy to pop up into the slipstream and flail about until the right side hinge and the support stanchion fail. The resultant danger to the crew is extreme.

Compare this canopy design with that of the Mirage (below) for example, the canopy of which will depart the aircraft backwards, clear of the pilot.


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