Friday, June 10, 2022

HpH Glasflügel 304MS Shark, N249SD: Fatal accident occurred June 09, 2022 near Rifle-Garfield County Airport (KRIL), Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Glider crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N249SD
Aircraft Make: HPH SPOL SRO
Aircraft Model: GLASFLUGEL 304 MS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado  – On June 9, 2022 shortly after 5:00 PM the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the Rifle/Garfield County Airport. The crash involved a glider and resulted in the death of the male pilot.

Information on the pilot will be released by the Garfield County Coroner following his investigation and notification of next of kin.

Following standard procedure, the cause of the crash will be investigated by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). The scene was secured and all Sheriff Personnel cleared the area by 9:00 PM.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank CRFR (Colorado River Fire Rescue) for their prompt response as well as Administrative personnel from the Garfield County Airport who were at the scene following the incident.

No additional information will be released.


  1. RIP. sad ending, after 5 apparent demanding flight hours, came up short on returning base leg to rwy 26, KRIL.

    KRIL 092353Z AUTO 29005G16KT

  2. "The identity of the pilot who died following Thursday’s airplane glider crash at the Rifle Garfield County Airport was released Saturday by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office. Glenwood Springs resident Shmuel Dimentstein, 73, died of blunt forces following the crash, a news release states. The Garfield County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to the crash around 5:51 p.m. Thursday.
    Flights of Shmuel Dimentstein (US) 2022(Worldwide, Soaring Society of Boulder)