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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195019
Last updated: 21 February 2021
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Time:15:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ll13 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
LET L-13 Blaník
Registration: LY-GAV
C/n / msn: 027313
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:800m south of Paluknio aerodromas (EYVP) -   Lithuania
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:EYVP
Destination airport:EYVP
A glider aircraft with a student pilot in the front seat and an experienced safety pilot in the back crashed while attempting to land in a field south of Paluknys after a failed return back to base.

On the way back flying upwind the aircraft entered sink and lost height. At approximately 160 ft AGL the return effort was abandoned and a 180 deg turn was made in order to line up with a suitable field. The glider stalled in a final turn, the nose lowered and a wingtip made contact with tree tops bringing the aircraft down between trees in a small forest. No injuries occurred, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair however.

The final report concluded the probable causes of the crash as:
- Failure to take a timely decision to abandon the return to base and a late field selection;
- An attempt to fly one of the most difficult approach manoeuvres in given conditions;
- A possible pilot error in turbulent conditions leading to a stall and loss of control.

Sources: (Final report in Lithuanian)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

25-Apr-2017 13:18 kukanotas Added
01-May-2020 08:28 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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