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Last updated: 1 August 2021
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Time:12:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASW 24
Owner/operator:Matthew Douglas Wright (regd owner)
Registration: G-CFNG
MSN: 24015
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Brentor, Dartmoor, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:North Hill, near Broadhumbury, Devon
Destination airport:North Hill, near Broadhumbury, Devon
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Schleicher ASW 24, G-CFNG: Attempted circuit following launch failure, Brentor Airfield, Devon, 4 December 2016. The AAIB final report was published on 8-2-2018, and the following the summary from that report:

"During a glider winch launch in turbulent conditions the weak link parted. The pilot attempted to fly a circuit to land near the launch point but the glider encountered significant sink and had insufficient energy to complete the intended circuit. The pilot sustained fatal injuries in the impact with the ground".

According to contemporary newspaper reports:

"When the winch launch failed there was sufficient distance available to land directly ahead and turning away from the landing area committed the pilot to attempting a circuit in unpredictable conditions. Assessment of the data from the Discus B shows that there were regions of significant sinking air. While it is difficult to be certain of the exact conditions for the accident flight, the general meteorological situation remained and therefore it is highly probable that there would have been significant areas of turbulent and down-draughting air in the area at the time of the accident. Sinking air of a similar magnitude to the conditions encountered by the Discus B would have removed any chance of completing a circuit from the height achieved by the accident aircraft. Regardless of the pilotís significant experience the area of sinking air meant that the glider did not have the performance to complete the circuit safely.

Lisa Humphries, chairwoman of the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club, paid tribute to Mr Wright describing him as an "experienced pilot".

She said: "Matt Wright was a highly experienced pilot and friend to all of us at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club. He was always full of energy and loved every aspect of aviation. Not only was he an expert glider pilot, but also an accomplished commercial Airline Captain, film maker and cartoonist. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this sad time."

Mr Wright had more than 14,000 followers on his YouTube channel. He was well-known in the gliding community for his film-making. He had previously been in an accident with a Schleicher ASW 20 in 2013: see

Registration G-CFNG cancelled by the CAA on 3-8-2017 as "destroyed" and "owner deceased"


1. AAIB Final Report:
5. CAA:
8. BFU Bulletin 16.12:
9. BGA (British Gliding Association) Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

05-Dec-2016 08:21 Alpine Flight Added
05-Dec-2016 13:44 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2016 13:57 Alpine Flight Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2016 16:23 Geno Updated [Source]
08-Dec-2016 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Apr-2017 19:54 Anon. Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Feb-2018 14:43 harro Updated [Narrative]
09-Feb-2018 14:44 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
29-Sep-2020 22:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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