Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Glaser-Dirks DG-500MB, N165MB: Accident occurred August 24, 2019 near Elsanor Airport (1AL4), Robertsdale, Baldwin County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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


Location: Robertsdale, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA260
Date & Time: 08/24/2019, 1540 CDT
Registration: N165MB
Aircraft: DG Flugzeugbau DG-500MB
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 24, 2019, about 1540 central daylight time, a DG-Flugzaugbau DG-500MB glider, N165MB, was substantially damaged during landing at Elsanore Airport (1AL4), Robertsdale, Alabama. The private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The glider was substantially damaged. The flight was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed near the accident site, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated about 1500.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site, the glider was found in a wooded area past the departure end of runway 9. The turf runway was 2,400 feet in length. The glider collided with trees and terrain before coming to a stop. The right wing was separated from the airframe and the left wing remained attached. The landing gear were in the extended position. The empennage was separated from contact with trees. The engine and propeller were in the stowed position inside the aft fuselage. The inspector reported that the pilot, due to his injuries, had limited recall of the event.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DG Flugzeugbau
Registration: N165MB
Model/Series: DG-500MB
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: PNS, 120 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Robertsdale, AL (1AL4)
Destination: Robertsdale, AL (1AL4)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 30.544722, -87.559444 (est)

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — A father and son received unspecified injuries when the glider plane the father was piloting crashed into a wooded area Saturday, Aug. 24 off of Koier Road in the Elsanor community east of Robertsdale.

At around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office issued a tweet saying that BCSO units, along with fire and medical, were on the scene of the crash.

At 4:33 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported that the pilot and passenger were transported to a hospital in Pensacola.

According to reports, the pilot, identified as a member of Coastal Soaring, was transported by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The passenger, identified as the pilot’s son, was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital.

In an interview on Monday, Capt. Clint Cadenhead with the BCSO investigations command, said he did not know the condition of either person involved in the incident.

“We had a deputy report to the scene,” Cadenhead said, “and when he determined that the scene was secure, he left.”

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is not investigating the crash, Cadenhead said.

An attempt to contact Coastal Soaring has yet to be returned.

According to CSA’s website, coastalsoaring.org, CSA is a volunteer, 501 (c7) non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of soaring.

CSA is an affiliate club of the Soaring Society of America and everyone operating CSA equipment is required to have a current SSA membership. According to the website, the club has about 40 members.

Original article ➤ http://gulfcoastnewstoday.com

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama  (WKRG) — The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a glider crash with injuries.

BCSO units along with fire and medical are on scene in the 21000 block of Koier Road in Robertsdale, near the Elsanor Airport.

The pilot of the glider was airlifted to the hospital, and his son was driven to the hospital in an ambulance. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The vice president of Coastal Soaring, a club where the glider owner is part of, says he was the first to find them in the woods. He says he asked if they were OK, and they both said yes. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wkrg.com

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