Sunday, February 02, 2020

Landing Area Undershoot: Schleicher ASW-15, N16TD; accident occurred November 06, 2019 near Caesar Creek Soaring Club Gliderport (2OH9), Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio

View of damaged left wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Close-up view of damaged left wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Waynesville, OH
Accident Number: GAA20CA073
Date & Time: 11/06/2019, 1500 EST
Registration: N16TD
Aircraft: Schleicher ASW15
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The glider pilot reported that he was unable to find thermals, so he decided to return to the glider port. During the approach, the glider was lower than he initially planned and decided to cut the approach short by crossing directly to the runway, then turn for landing. During the turn, the glider struck trees and impacted terrain.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on an airport, about 9 nm away, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 190° at 8 knots. The pilot reported the wind was 130°, light and variable. The pilot attempted to land runway 09. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/08/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 75 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 36 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schleicher
Registration: N16TD
Model/Series: ASW15 B
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 15217
Landing Gear Type: Retractable -
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/30/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 772 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time: 960 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: KMGY, 962 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 319°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 12000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Waynesville, OH (2OH9)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Waynesville, OH (2OH9)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Caesar Creek Soaring Club (2OH9)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 940 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2800 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.476667, -84.093889 (est)

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