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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189458
Last updated: 31 May 2019
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Time:20:10 LT
Type:Schempp-Hirth Janus CT
Registration: D-KLAY
C/n / msn: 15/276
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Faverolles-sur-Cher -   France
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:LFEF
Destination airport:LFEF
Investigating agency: BEA
The glider collided with a high-tension powerline and crashed into a field at Faverolles-sur-Cher after encountering strong downdrafts in a heavy rainshower. The German pilot (58) escaped uninjured, while the female passenger (16) suffered injuries.

The instructor decided to take off the gliders from Romorantin airfield as the weather conditions deteriorated. He had a strong willingness to reach the departure aerodrome.
During the flight, the instructor decided late to divert because of an inadequate estimation of glider performance under daylight conditions.
He was unable to identify the selected diversion aerodrome.
The instructor then decided to land urgently, without being able to carry out preliminary reconnaissance, because of the low height of the glider. He detected late the presence of obstacles in the chosen field and was then forced, at a very low height, to choose another field.
During this second emergency landing attempt, the instructor was unable to avoid the glider colliding with a power line perpendicular to the track.
The degradation of horizontal visibility by rain has probably contributed to the difficulties in detecting obstacles


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

23-Aug-2016 04:13 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
14-Aug-2018 17:58 harro Updated [Time, Narrative]

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