ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67643
Last updated: 20 May 2013
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Narrative:At a height of approximately 350 feet during a winch launch, the glider was observed to be climbing at a slightly steeper than normal angle. The gliderís airspeed was perceived to be abnormally slow and the winch engine lost rpm. The winch operator adjusted the winch throttle setting to allow the engine to accelerate but this had little effect. The glider stalled, yawed to the right and entered a right-hand spin; during this manoeuvre the cable separated from the glider. Height was insufficient for recovery and the glider struck the ground whilst spinning, fatally injuring the pilot.
|Operator:||Essex Gliding Club|
|Registration:|| BGA 3445|
|C/n / msn:|| 6-11|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Ridgewell Airfield near Great Yeldham, Essex -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
|Departure airport:||Ridgewell Airfield, Essex|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
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