Thursday, March 22, 2018

LAK-12, N63010: Accident occurred March 20, 2018 near Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Glider struck road sign during off-airport landing.

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Sunriver, OR
Aircraft: LITHUANIAN FACTORY OF AVIATION LAK 12, registration: N63010

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.

Date: 20-MAR-18
Time: 22:02:00Z
Regis#: 63010
Aircraft Model: LAK-12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEND

A LAK-12 glider crash-landed along Highway 97 near the Sunriver exit Tuesday afternoon, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.

The LAK-12 landed shortly before 3 p.m. near the South Century Drive exit to Sunriver, coming to a rest just off the shoulder of the southbound lanes and not blocking the road, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said,

Deputies said the pilot was flying from Bend to Paulina Peak and back, was the glider's only occupant and was able to get out on his own, declining medical attention.

When he realized he would not be able to make it back to Bend, the pilot diverted to Sunriver Airport but didn't make it, deputies said.

Sheriff's Sgt. William Bailey said the pilot is a 50-year-old Bend resident and a licensed and certified glider pilot. He said the pilot landed along the highway shoulder and might have done so without incident, if one of the glider's long wings hadn't clipped a road sign along the highway.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the LAK-12 glider is owned by Henry Irvine of Bend. 

There were no injuries, but traffic was affected at times as the glider was disassembled and removed from the scene in a trailer.

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