Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Schleicher ASW 24, N37T; accident occurred August 04, 2019 near Pilots Rest Airport (AZ57), Paulden, Arizona

View of fuselage and canopy damage. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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: Paulden, AZ

Accident Number: GAA19CA483
Date & Time: 08/04/2019, 1300 MST
Registration: N37T
Aircraft: Schleicher ASW 24
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The glider pilot reported that, due to the unimproved airport blending in with the surrounding environment, he was unable to identify the runway and decided to land on a dirt road. While concentrating on landing, he failed to extend the landing gear. On short finial, he noticed that the landing gear was not extended and while changing hands to extend the landing gear, the glider drifted right of the dirt road. Upon landing on the dirt road, the glider veered right and impacted a utility box.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and canopy.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Glider
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/24/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/24/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1118 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 1034 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schleicher
Registration: N37T
Model/Series: ASW 24 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 24096
Landing Gear Type: Retractable -
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/06/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1102 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time: 1314 Hours as of last inspection
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: KPRC, 5052 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 164°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 9500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coyote Springs, AZ (AZ86)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coyote Springs, AZ (AZ86)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Pilots Rest (AZ57)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 4482 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing; Traffic Pattern

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:
34.931667, -112.517500 (est)

A local man was injured when his glider hit an Arizona Public Service (APS) power transformer box while landing in an area off Big Chino Road in Paulden Sunday afternoon.

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) Fire Marshal Rick Chase reported Monday morning that two fire engines, a battalion chief and a Life Line ambulance responded to a call that an aircraft was down in the Paulden area at about 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4th.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn said 69-year-old pilot William Thrift was attempting to land at the Paulden airstrip but crash landed on Bull Snake Road in Paulden, possibly due to weather.

“His glider struck an APS power transformer causing loss of residential electrical in the area, which was restored a few hours later,” D’Evelyn reported.

The landing occurred near off Big Chino Road.

D’Evelyn said Thrift suffered a compound fracture to his left leg. Chase said the pilot was taken by Life Line ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for his non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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