FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA489
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 09, 2016 in Emigrant Gap, CA
Aircraft: BURKHART GROB FLUGZEUGBAU G109, registration: N909G
NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Aircraft Make: GROB
Aircraft Model: G109
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: EMIGRANT GAP
Fire crews on Friday extricated a glider pilot from trees in the median of Interstate 80, near the Blue Canyon Road offramp.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the glider was hanging in trees about 25 feet off the ground. The lone occupant was seat-belted in the glider and reportedly had suffered minor cuts.
The aircraft lost power went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. The CHP reported that it took fire crews a while to get the pilot out of the plane and onto the ground, but he walked away with only minor injuries.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the glider is a Glob Flugzeugbau. The FAA Registry lists the registered owner as Richard L. Pearl of Lincoln.
The California Department of Transportation reported that although no lanes were closed, traffic on eastbound I-80 was slow in the area of the crash.