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Schweizer SGS 1-26D, N249AF: Accident occurred July 04, 2022 in Windsor, Wight County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Glider landed in a field. 

Date: 04-JUL-22
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N249AF
Aircraft Make: SCHWEIZER
Aircraft Model: SGS1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Virginia (WRIC) — A glider crashed into a pine tree thicket in Isle of Wight County but the pilot was uninjured, according to Virginia State Police.

At around 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4, state troopers were called to investigate a plane crash on Iron Mine Springs Road near the Tidewater Soaring Society.

According to police, a glider — an aircraft pulled behind another aircraft until released to glide on air currents — was attempting to land in a grassy field when it lost altitude and crashed in a pine tree thicket.

The pilot — 78-year-old Raymond Douglas Blake Jr. of Chesapeake — was reportedly not injured.

The sudden loss of altitude is believed to have been due to displacement of air currents, according to police.

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