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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179968
Last updated: 12 September 2020
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Time:19:04 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASW 24
Registration: LN-GNA
C/n / msn: 24045
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mountain Hatten, Oppland county -   Norway
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Bjorli Airfield
Destination airport:Bjorli Airfield
Investigating agency: AIBN
Thursday evening 24 September 2015 a glider was reported missing after a flight from Bjorli airfield. The sailplane was located four days later on Monday 28 September. It had crash-landed on the mountain Hatten in Lesja municipality, Oppland County, approximately 40 km east of the airport.
The pilot took off from Bjorli airfield at 12:21. After approximately five hours of flight in the local area around Bjorli, the sailplane headed east. The rest of the flight, until the glider crash-landed at 19:04, was mostly made between Digervarden in the West and Dovrefjell in the East. The duration of the flight was 6 hours and 43 minutes.
Shortly prior to the accident, the pilot transmitted a distress call which was received by other glider pilots in the vicinity of Bjorli airfield. The distress call contained no details regarding the emergency or the position of the sailplane.
During the following days, a large-scale search was carried out. On the fourth day of the search, the sailplane was located. The pilot was found with the parachute attached, fatally injured 56 meters away from the sailplane. The parachutes pilot chute had deployed but the main chute was still folded. The investigation has revealed that the pilot attempted to bail out
from the sailplane at too low altitude above the terrain in order for the main chute to deploy.
There has been found no deficiencies on the sailplane or equipment on board that may have affected the accident.

It has not been possible to determine with certainty how this accident occurred. The AIBN, however, finds it most likely that the accident occurred because the pilot unintentionally entered the clouds, or that the ground was embedded in clouds so when the pilot first became aware of its proximity, it was too late to find a suitable landing spot or to maneuver the glider out of the situation. Whichever situation occurred, the result was that the pilot had no option other than to try to save himself by parachute.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIBN
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Sep-2015 16:33 asyl Added
06-Oct-2015 08:29 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage]
25-Mar-2018 19:14 harro Updated [Time, Narrative]
12-Sep-2020 15:09 harro Updated [Accident report, ]

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