Monday, July 30, 2012

Smith Applebay Zuni II glider, N1ZV: Accident occurred July 29, 2012 in Gregory, Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA490 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Gregory, MI
Aircraft: SMITH APPLEBAY ZUNI II, registration: N1ZV
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 29, 2012, at 1343 eastern daylight time, an experimental Smith Applebay Zuni II glider, N1ZV, sustained substantial damage when it impacted trees and terrain while on the downwind leg to runway 36 at the Richmond Field Airport (69G), Gregory, Michigan. The pilot, the sole occupant, received serious injuries. The glider was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from 69G at 1329. 

  Regis#: 1ZV        Make/Model: EXP       Description: APPLEBAY ZUNI GLIDER
  Date: 07/29/2012     Time: 1900

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Serious     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

  City: GREGORY   State: MI   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   1     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Approach      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: DETROIT, MI  (GL23)                   Entry date: 07/31/2012 

An Ann Arbor man was injured in a glider crash over the weekend at Richmond Field in Unadilla Township. 

Unadilla Township Police say a 66-year-old Ann Arbor man was airlifted by Survival Flight to the University of Michigan Hospital with leg and head injuries following the glider crash Sunday afternoon.

The pilot’s name and condition are currently unknown.

Unadilla Police and fire units were assisted by Pinckney Police after being called out to the southwest corner of the airfield at around 1:46pm following reports of a glider accident.

 It remains under investigation but witnesses reported that the glider came in using an easterly approach, clipped some trees at the edge of the airfield and then flipped over and crashed. (JM)

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