Monday, August 7, 2017

Grob G102 Club Astir IIIB, N102BK, Central Ohio Soaring Association Inc: Accident occurred August 05, 2017 at Marion Municipal Airport (KMNN), Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Central Ohio Soaring Association Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA305
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 05, 2017 in Marion, OH
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 5, 2017, about 1413 eastern daylight time, a Burkhart Grob Flugzeugbau G-102 Club Astir IIIB glider, N102BK, collided with a tree and terrain after releasing from the tow airplane at the Marion Municipal Airport (MNN), Marion, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries, and the glider sustained substantial damage. The glider was owned by the Central Ohio Soaring Association, Inc., and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight was departing MNN on a local flight. 

A witness who observed the glider during the accident flight reported that the glider's left and right-wing spoilers were visible from the ground, and that they were not locked down into the stowed position. He stated that the glider and tow airplane, a Cessna 150, were unable to climb normally with the spoilers extended. He reported that the pilot released from the tow airplane around 150 to 200 feet above the ground, and tried to make a 180-degree turn back to the runway with the spoilers still extended. The glider's wing clipped a tree and crashed in a bean field. 

At 1353, the surface weather observation at MNN was wind from 280 degrees at 9 knots; visibility 10 miles; sky clear; temperature 24 degrees C; dew point 12 degrees C; and altimeter 30.06 inches of mercury.

MARION COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — One man was in serious condition after a glider crash in Marion County Saturday afternoon.

Officials say the crash happened shortly before 4:30 pm.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said 77-year-old Martin Sobel was piloting a glider that was being towed by another aircraft.

After takeoff, the glider failed to maintain stability and disconnected from the other aircraft. Sobel tried to circle around and land, but hit a tree line.

He crashed into a field roughly a mile away from the runway.

Officials say Sobel was taken to Marion General Hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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MARION — A 77-year-old man was transported to the hospital after a glider he was piloting crashed into a field near Marion Municipal Airport on Saturday.

Martin Sobel was piloting a glider which was being towed by another aircraft, according to the Marion post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Shortly after takeoff, the glider experienced difficulty maintaining stability and disconnected from the tow plane, the highway patrol reported.

Sobel tried to circle around to land but struck a tree line and crashed into a field about one mile northwest of the departure end of the runway just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the highway patrol

Sobel was alert and responsive when witnesses and emergency services arrived, and he was transported to OhioHealth Marion General Hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and assumed primary responsibility for the investigation, according to the highway patrol.

The Marion Police Department, Marion City Fire and Rescue and Marion County Sheriff's Department assisted the Federal Aviation Administration and the highway patrol at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.

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