Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Loss of Lift: Schweizer SGS 2-33A, N7547; accident occurred August 14, 2020 in Warner Springs, San Diego County, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Warner Springs, California 
Accident Number: WPR20CA273
Date & Time: August 14, 2020, 13:30 Local
Registration: N7547
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS233
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 18,Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 19, 2020
Flight Time: 33 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 19 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N7547
Model/Series: SGS233 A
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 177
Landing Gear Type: 
Skid Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRNM, 1393 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 20:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 220°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 290° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Warner Springs, CA (CL35)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Warner Springs, CA (CL35) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G


Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation:
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: IFR 
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.284442,-116.669723(est)

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