Thursday, June 23, 2016

PZL-Bielsko SZD-48-1 JANTAR STD, N438QA: Accident occurred June 12, 2016 in Maysville, Grant County, West Virginia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Baltimore FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA227 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Maysville, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: PEZETEL SZD 48-1JANTAR STD 2, registration: N438QA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the glider reported that, during a long distance ridgeline soaring flight, he encountered a loss of lift and dropped below the ridgeline. Unable to find another updraft, he was forced to land in an open field, with tall grass. As the glider touched down, the landing gear struck a large hole that was concealed by the grass, shearing off the landing gear and causing a ground loop when the left wing struck the ground. The fuselage and tail were substantially damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The glider's encounter with insufficient atmospheric lift conditions where the lift was not sufficient to maintain soaring flight, which resulted in an off-airport landing.

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