ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216239
Last updated: 19 October 2019
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:13:19 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DUOD model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus T
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Beachy Head, East Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Parham Airfield, Storrington, West Sussex
Destination airport:
A glider crashed into the English Channel near the East Sussex landmark. Earlier that afternoon, the Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public on top of the cliffs reporting a sighting of an aircraft going into the water but without an accurate location.

At the same time, a light aircraft pilot flying for Oscar Romeo Aviation Ltd in the Beachy Head area, reported an accurate position to the Coastguard. The pilot had spotted a glider flying low and witnessed the crash landing in the sea, said the Coastguard.

Having returned and circled around the gliderís debris in the water, the pilot was able to relay accurate information to HM Coastguard which resulted in a speedy response from the Lydd helicopter, RNLI Eastbourne and Newhaven Lifeboats.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said, ďThe Coastguard rescue helicopter winched the two people from the base of the cliffs and they were recovered safely to the top of Beachy Head. Both occupants survived the crash and were rescued by HMCG SAR helicopter. According to the following eyewitness report, posted on the "Flyer" forum (see link #5)

"I was on a Saturday bimble around Beachy Head when one of my passengers noticed a glider flying very low over the cliffs. As it didnít look right we kept an eye on it and witnessed it ditch off the lighthouse.

I then called Farnborough, and then D&D on 121.5, and offered to orbit overhead relaying position and the situation regarding the occupants of the glider. Stayed on station until fuel levels required me to return to Redhill. Thankfully the pilot of the glider and his passenger were rescued safely"




Beachy Head, from cliff top. 13.10.18

Beachy Head, from cliff top. 13.10.18

Beachy Head, from cliff top. 13.10.18

Revision history:

13-Oct-2018 16:05 gerard57 Added
13-Oct-2018 16:07 gerard57 Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
13-Oct-2018 16:09 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
13-Oct-2018 16:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2018 16:40 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2018 16:44 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Oct-2018 10:24 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
16-Oct-2018 10:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
24-Oct-2018 09:12 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
29-Oct-2018 21:13 Anon. Updated [Photo]
29-Oct-2018 21:13 Anon. Updated [Photo]
29-Oct-2018 21:14 Anon. Updated [Photo]
17-Mar-2019 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description