Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Schleicher ASW 24, N37T: Accident occurred August 04, 2019 near Big Chino Airstrip (AZ09), Paulden, Yavapai County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 


NTSB Identification: GAA19CA483
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 04, 2019 in Paulden, AZ
Aircraft: Schleicher ASW 24, registration: N37T

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Glider struck power line and landed in a field. 

Date: 04-AUG-19
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N37T
Aircraft Make: SCHLEICHER
Aircraft Model: ASW24
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

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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