Saturday, August 27, 2022

Schleicher Ka 7 Rhonadler, N107AS: Accident occurred August 27, 2022 near Dart Airport (D79), Mayville, Chautauqua County, New York

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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Freeze, Christopher

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York 

Aero Soaring Club Inc 

Location: Mayville, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA388
Date and Time: August 27, 2022, 13:15 Local 
Registration: N107AS
Aircraft: Schleicher K7
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schleicher 
Registration: N107AS
Model/Series: K7 
Aircraft Category: Glider
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.268113,-79.481713 (est)

Glider attempted to land in an open field hit trees and landed hard. 

Date: 27-AUG-22
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N107AS
Aircraft Model: KY GLIDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

MAYVILLE, New York — A two-person glider crashed in the bushes and trees across from Chautauqua Lake Central School around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the pilots, the glider which was launched from Dart Airport in Hartfield, had lost altitude and was attempting to make an emergency landing.

Eyewitnesses said they watched the whole event happen and were able to immediately help the two men out of the glider. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office later identified the pilot as Galo A Grijalva, 56, of Lakewood and Douglas R Sillart, 60, of Derby.

“We were just coming this way past the school, and right before Harrington’s we saw the plane coming low,” Dustin Lang, an eyewitness said. “They came almost over this house and turned around. I thought they were going to try landing on the road, I don’t know if they went that way because they saw us and didn’t want to hit the truck, but they just went off into the weeds.”

Lang said by the time he reached the plane, the first of the two men had already emerged from the wreckage.

A glider crashed Saturday afternoon in Mayville. P-J photo by Timothy Frudd

“By the time I got over there, the first guy was already out of the plane,” he said.

The glider’s sudden crash was also witnessed by a teacher from Chautauqua Lake Central School.

“I was heading to my school to go to my classroom, when I saw a glider coming across, and all of a sudden the glider started going down. It crashed into a bushy small tree area and split apart.” the teacher said. “It was the most frightening thing I had ever seen.”

Sheriff James Quattrone said officials were awaiting to hear from the FAA.

Two people got into trouble Saturday afternoon while piloting a glider in Chautauqua County, sheriffs deputies said. 

The pair had taken off from Dart Airport in Hartfield, but lost altitude and had to make an emergency landing. They attempted to land in an empty field across from Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville, but crash landed into some small trees and shrubs. The craft broke apart on impact.

Witnesses on the scene helped the men get out of the glider before first responders arrived.

Police and fire personnel responded around 1:30 p.m. and found pilot Galo A. Grijalva, 56, of Lakewood, and passenger Douglas R. Sillart, 60, of Derby, with minor injuries. The men declined medical treatment.

The incident is under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

MAYVILLE, New York (WNY News Now) – Two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a airplane accident in Chautauqua County on Saturday.

Around 1:30 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an airplane accident on North Erie Street in Mayville.  

The Sheriff’s Office along with Mayville Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS, and Chautauqua Fire Department arrived on scene and found a glider plane with two male occupants located in trees.  

Further investigation discovered that the pilot, 56-year-old, Galo A. Grijalva of Lakewood and his passenger 60-year-old, Douglas R. Sillart, of Derby were attempting to land the glider in an empty field when they struck some nearby trees.  

Both were able to self-extricate and were treated at the scene by medical personal for non-life-threatening injuries.  

The accident remains under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

1 comment:

  1. Land out gone wrong … would like to see more detail on this one.