Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Rolladen-Schneider LS4, N7LR: Fatal accident occurred June 29, 2019 near Moriarty Municipal Airport, (0E0), Torrance County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Moriarty, NM 
Accident Number: WPR19LA181
Date & Time: 06/29/2019, 1500 MDT
Registration: N7LR
Aircraft: Rolladen Schneider LS4
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2019, about 1500 mountain daylight time, a Rolladen-Schneider LS-4A experimental glider, N7LR landed off field about 10 miles south southwest of the Moriarty Municipal Airport, (0E0), Moriarty, New Mexico, and sustained minor damage. The pilot was fatally injured. The glider was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight that departed 0E0 about 1340.

The glider was the subject of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Alert Notification (ALNOT), after the airport manager reported that the pilot had failed to return from his flight. Subsequently, the glider was located in a field a few hours later.

A postaccident examination of the accident site by a FAA inspector revealed that all major structural components and primary flight controls of the glider were intact. Flight control continuity from the cockpit was established. The glider came to rest upright in a field with heavy vegetation. The pilot remained strapped in his seat with the canopy closed and was observed to have sustained only minor external injures.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rolladen Schneider
Registration: N7LR
Model/Series: LS4 A
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
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: 0E0, 6204 ft msl
Observation Time: 2115 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Moriarty, NM (0E0)
Destination: Moriarty, NM (0E0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.837778, -106.113611 (est)

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