Monday, April 18, 2022

Schweizer SGS 2-33A, N7784S: Accident occurred April 16, 2022 at Crooked Creek Airport (7NC5), Zebulon, North Carolina

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; Greensboro, North Carolina

North Carolina Soaring Association


Location: Zebulon, North Carolina
Accident Number: ERA22LA196
Date and Time: April 16, 2022, 15:34 Local
Registration: N7784S
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 2-33A 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N7784S
Model/Series: SGS 2-33A
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built:
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: LHZ,369 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zebulon, NC
Destination: Zebulon, NC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 35.930731,-78.244951 (est)

Glider conducting test flights, encountered a gust of wind and ended up in trees. 

Date: 16-APR-22
Time: 19:34:00Z
Regis#: N7784S
Aircraft Make: SCHWEIZER
Aircraft Model: SGS 2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BUNN
State: NORTH CAROLINA




BUNN, North Carolina (WNCN) — A glider crashed near an airport in Franklin County Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. near Crooked Creek Airport, which is about 4 miles north of Zebulon, according to a news release from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The glider involved was a Schweizer SGS 2-33A and only the person piloting the glider was onboard at the time, the news release said.

Frank Swett, the property owner where the glider crashed, said a student pilot was inside the glider but no one was injured.

The two-seat glider, with a registration number of N7784S, was built in 1969 and is registered to the North Carolina Soaring Association.

The North Carolina Soaring Association appears to be based at Crooked Creek Airport, according to the group’s website.

Swett said the foundation teaches teens and young adults how to fly gliders. 

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