Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Schweizer SGS 2-33A, N1242S, New England Soaring Association: Accident occurred May 20, 2017 at Hartness State Airport (KVSF), Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Springfield, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS233, registration: N1242S
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor reported that, during the turn to final approach, the glider appeared to be above glidepath, so the student pilot used dive brakes to descend. He added that, once the glider returned to a normal glidepath, the student retracted the dive brakes, but the glider continued in a “higher than normal” descent rate. The flight instructor took control of the glider and landed short of the intended runway in trees.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.
The student pilot failed to submit a written statement after multiple requests.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s failure to maintain an adequate glidepath and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in the glider landing short of the runway in trees.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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

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

New England Soaring Association: http://registry.faa.gov/N1242S

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Springfield, VT
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS233, registration: N1242S
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor reported that, during the turn to final approach, the glider appeared to be above glidepath, so the student pilot used dive brakes to descend. He added that once the glider returned to a normal glidepath the student retracted the dive brakes, but the glider continued in a "higher than normal" descent rate. The flight instructor took control of the glider and landed short of the intended runway in trees.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The student pilot failed to submit a written statement after multiple requests.

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