Monday, May 1, 2017

Schweizer SGS 1-34R, N2682H: Accident occurred April 28, 2017 near Blairstown Airport (1N7), Warren County, New Jersey

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA255 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Blairstown, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS134, registration: N2682H
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 a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that, on final approach, the glider encountered additional “heavy sink” and a “gusting headwind.” He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and that he cleared an initial goal post but that the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles east of the airport reported that, about 14 minutes after the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to attain a proper glidepath on approach for landing in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in an off-airport landing and impact with soccer goal posts. 

The pilot of a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that on final approach, the glider encountered additional "heavy sink" and a "gusting headwind". He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and he was able to clear an initial goal post, but the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles to the east of the airport reported that about 14 minutes after the accident the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
 
Aero Club Albatross:  http://registry.faa.gov/N2682H


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA255
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Blairstown, NJ
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS134, registration: N2682H
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 a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that on final approach, the glider encountered additional "heavy sink" and a "gusting headwind". He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and he was able to clear an initial goal post, but the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles to the east of the airport reported that about 14 minutes after the accident the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

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