Tuesday, October 3, 2017

L-23 Super Blanik, N260BA, Sky Soaring Inc: Accident occurred September 30, 2017 in Hampshire, Kane County, Illinois

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

Location: Hampshire, IL
Accident Number: GAA17CA566
Date & Time: 09/30/2017, 1530 CDT
Registration: N260BA
Aircraft: LET L 23 SUPER BLANIK
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The glider pilot reported that, while in the base leg in the traffic pattern, the glider was "fast and too high." He added that, during the landing, he landed long, the glider ran off the end of the runway, and the left wing struck a storage trailer parked on the left.

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

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare and subsequent failure to maintain directional control during landing. 

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Residence/building - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Landing area overshoot (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/14/1987
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/20/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) , 840 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LET
Registration: N260BA
Model/Series: L 23 SUPER BLANIK NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 928010
Landing Gear Type: Other Launch/Recovery System
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1124 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: SKY SOARING INC
Rated Power:
Operator: SKY SOARING INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDKB, 915 ft msl
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 213°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 100°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hampshire, IL (55LL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hampshire, IL (55LL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SKY SOARING (55LL)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 884 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.154444, -88.516667 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

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

Sky Soaring Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N260BA

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA566
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Hampshire, IL
Aircraft: LET L 23 SUPER BLANIK, registration: N260BA
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 the base leg in the traffic pattern, the glider was "fast and too high." He added that, during the landing, he landed long, ran off the end of the runway, and the left wing struck a storage trailer parked on the left.

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

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

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