This August 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Beverly, Mass. Aircraft damage: Minor.
What reportedly happened: The flight instructor and the private pilot receiving instrument instruction in the Piper were in the run-up area with the engine running when they noticed that the pilots of another airplane, a PiperSport, ahead of them were having difficulty latching the canopy. The flight center had recently purchased the PiperSport and they were having problems with the canopy latching all of the time.