Monday, July 31, 2017

PDPS PZL-Bielsko SZD-55-1, N817V: Accident occurred July 29, 2017 at Bahnson Gliderport (43NC), Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA456 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Mocksville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: PDPS PZL-BIELSKO SZD 55-1, registration: N817V
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 glider pilot reported that, during landing in gusting wind conditions, the glider bounced, so the pilot added “more spoiler” to help the glider settle back onto the ground. He added that a wind gust “rotated” the glider to the left, and the glider bounced about 3 to 4 ft. After the second bounce, the glider landed hard “with the nose yawed to the left.”

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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 16 nautical miles east of the accident airport reported that, about 40 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 30° at 17 knots, gusting to 20 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from 360° at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots. The glider landed on runway 1.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper landing flare in gusting wind conditions.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

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

Registered Owner: Robert Hills and Clay Sholar

http://registry.faa.gov/N817V

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA456
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Mocksville, NC
Aircraft: PDPS PZL-BIELSKO SZD 55-1, registration: N817V
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 glider pilot reported that, during landing in gusting wind conditions, the glider bounced, so the pilot added "more spoiler" to help the glider settle back onto the ground. He added that a gust of wind "rotated" the glider to the left and the glider bounced again, about 3-4 ft into the air. After the second bounce, the glider landed hard "with the nose yawed to the left".

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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 16 nautical miles east from the accident airport reported that, about 40 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 30° at 17 knots, gusting 20 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from 360° at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots. The glider landed on runway 1.

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