Monday, July 24, 2017

Let L23 Super Blanik, N342BA, Civil Air Patrol: Accident occurred July 21, 2017 in Deatsville, Elmore County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Civil Air Patrol:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA427
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 21, 2017 in Deatsville, AL
Aircraft: LET L 23 SUPER BLANIK, registration: N342BA

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 struck a powerline and force landed in a residential area.

Date: 21-JUL-17
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N342BA
Aircraft Make: LET
Aircraft Model: L23 SUPER BLANIK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

DEATSVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A 16-year-old pilot landed in a residential area while operating a glider Friday, according to the Millbrook Police Department.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was not seriously injured in the incident, according to Chief P.K. Johnson. There were no other reported injuries, and no other property besides the glider was damaged.

"This young man was very fortunate, as were the residents in the area," Johnson said. "I believe had he not quickly assessed his situation and realized that he was not going to make it back to Wetumpka Airport, we very well could be discussing a tragedy."

The force landing happened between the roadway and a residence in the 300 block of Fraley Lane in Deatsville. When the boy lost altitude, he made the decision to attempt a crash landing.

The boy was reportedly flying towards the Wetumpka Airport when he realized he wasn't going to make it. According to a statement he gave police, the boy initially looked for a vacant field to make a safe landing. 

After seeing nowhere else to land, the boy told authorities he was forced to use trees to slow his decent into a residential area. During that descent, the glider struck a power line, briefly knocking out power in the area. 

"I'm very impressed that the young man was concerned about causing harm to others, especially when you consider that he was in danger of being injured or worse," Johnson said. "That speaks highly of both his training as a pilot and his character."

Johnson said the power line was knocked down onto the road, temporarily blocking it. That road has since been cleared, according to police.

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The Millbrook Police and Fire Departments responded just after noon today to Fraley Road after a glider pilot struck some power lines and crashed. The pilot walked away from the incident without serious injury, but was very lucky according to Fire Chief Larry Brown.

Fraley Lane is located off Country Place in an area of Gunnels Road.

"We did not have to transport him and he was very lucky," Chief Brown said.


Anonymous said...

Seems strange that the Civil Air Patrol has a glider they let this teen fly. Great opportunity for young flyers but at taxpayers expense, it seems to be an abuse of tax payers dollars.

Anonymous said...

It is one of the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to enhance Aerospace Education. A big part of this mission is achieved by introducing young people in the Cadet Program to aviation via a hands-on flying experience. This has been mandated for CAP since its charter by the US Congress in 1941.

If you disagree with this use of tax dollars then you should take it with your Congressional Representative of choice to change the law as written.

Anonymous said...

You CAP guys are a joke. They should publish as NOTAM to warn us when you fly.

Anonymous said...

I have had four experiences with the CAP.

1. Pulling up to a neighbors hangar with the hangar door open and doing a run up. Only after asking ground control to help us did the cap pilot move to the run up area.
2. While landing, a cap plane stopped on the runway without permission from ATC. This caused a problem with incoming traffic on a busy day. The tower asked this pilot to report to them.
3. While flying my plane at 1500' agl, a cap 182 nearly collided with my plan while buzzing a house in a small town. This I reported.
4. While holding for takeoff clearance, the tower called the prior departed plane, a cap 182, back to the airport as the pilots credentials were expired. Never heard if it was the medical, or biennial flight review. A cap supervisor asked the tower the broadcast this to all.

It seems like allot of amateur mistakes for an organization we pay dearly for. My vote would be to quit funding it and sell off the assets.