Friday, July 13, 2018

Schempp-Hirth Discus CS, registered to Sparrowhawk21 LLC. and operated by the pilot, N104TH: Accident occurred July 10, 2018 in Goldfield, Esmeralda County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Goldview, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA192
Date & Time: 07/10/2018, 1832 PDT
Registration: N104TH
Aircraft: Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal  

On July 10, 2018, about 1832 Pacific daylight time, a Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS glider, N104TH, ground looped during a forced off airport landing, following a loss of lift, near Goldfield, Nevada. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The glider was registered to SPARROWHAWK21 LLC. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross country flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Tonopah Airport (TPH), Tonopah, Nevada about 1330.

The pilot reported that he deviated to an alternate airport, due to deteriorating weather. While attempting to reach his selected off airport landing site, he encountered continuous sinking air. He realized that he would not make it and made the choice to land on a nearby road. During the landing touchdown the right wing impacted a dirt berm that paralleled the road, which caused a ground loop. The glider cartwheeled and came to rest inverted. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schempp Hirth
Registration: N104TH
Model/Series: DISCUS CS No Series
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Sparrowhawk21 LLC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTPH, 5434 ft msl
Observation Time: 0131 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tonopah, NV (TPH)
Destination: Tonopah, NV (TPH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:  37.643889, -117.365000 (est)

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