Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: Schweizer SGS 1-35, N34107, accident occurred September 01, 2018 in Burnet, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

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


Location: Burnet, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA557
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 1600 CDT
Registration: N34107
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1 35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the retractable landing gear-equipped glider, reported that during flight he could no longer find lift, and selected a field for landing. During the approach, he did not use the before landing checklist, and he forgot to extend his landing gear. The glider landed on the lower fuselage and skidded across the grass surface before it collided with a barbed wire fence.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the canopy, the fuselage, and the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:81, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/20/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2692 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Total, this make and model), 2650 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N34107
Model/Series: SGS 1 35 Undesignated
Aircraft Category:Glider 
Year of Manufacture:1975 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 50
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/18/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 793 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time: 989.38 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBMQ, 1288 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 56°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Briggs, TX (TX23)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Briggs, TX (TX23)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 30.738889, -98.238611 (est)