Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Schempp-Hirth Ventus B/16.6, N48DM: Incident occurred August 29, 2020 at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

Glider made emergency water landing at Kings Beach.


Date: 29-AUG-20
Time: 23:33:00Z
Regis#: N48DM
Aircraft Make: SCHEMPP HIRTH
Aircraft Model: VENTUS B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A glider made a crash landing at Lake Tahoe this weekend but the pilot was uninjured and rescued with the help of officials and Good Samaritans.

The United States Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe and Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a glider making an emergency landing at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday about 100 yards offshore and approximately 400 yards east of the public beach at Kings Beach, according to an eyewitness who emailed the Tribune.

The Sheriff’s Office recovered the pilot while the Coast Guard towed the glider to shore with the help of some local paddleboarders, officials said.

“(A) Great team effort with our government partner and local residents of the Tahoe basin,” Coast Guard officials said in a social media post.


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