Sunday, December 13, 2020

Avia Stroitel AC-5M, N263R: Fatal accident occurred June 30, 2020 at Bend Municipal Airport (KBDN), Deschutes County, Oregon

Christopher McKeage

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Location: Bend, OR 
Accident Number: WPR20LA201
Date & Time: June 30, 2020, 13:24 Local 
Registration: N263R
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 30, 2020, at 1324 Pacific daylight time, an Avia Stroitel AC-5M motorized glider, N263R, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at Bend Municipal Airport (BDN), Bend, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The glider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

Witnesses reported high winds at the time of the accident, and that the glider's right wing was low during takeoff. As the glider gained ground speed, the wings became level. Once airborne, the glider began an extremely rapid climb and banked right; the glider subsequently nosed over and collided with the ground.

A postcrash fire ensued and the glider was destroyed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AVIA STROITEL
Registration: N263R
Model/Series: AC-5M
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBDN,3462 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bend, OR (BDN) 
Destination: Bend, OR (BDN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 44.1025,-121.197776

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