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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235676
Last updated: 3 May 2020
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Type:Rolladen-Schneider LS3-17
Registration: F-CESR
C/n / msn: 3453
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near pico Bisaurín (Huesca) -   Spain
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Santa Cilia Airfield
Destination airport:Santa Cilia Airfield
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
The glider, registration F-CESR, took off from the aerodrome of Santa Cilia (Huesca) on a local flight. As it was flying in the vicinity of Pico Bisaurín, in the Pyrenees, a vulture struck its right wing, near the midpoint and close to the leading edge, causing a hole in the wing.
The pilot was able to control the aircraft and return to the aerodrome, where he landed normally.
The investigation has concluded that the accident was caused by a bird strike involving a griffon vulture in an area containing many specimens of this species.
The evasive maneuver performed by the pilot upon first noticing the presence of a vulture - lifting the front of the aircraft to gain altitude and protect the tail cone - was correct.
A contributing factor is the extraordinary increase in the population of griffon vultures experienced in Spain in recent decades due to, among other reasons, the proliferation of areas made available in Spain’s various regions as feeding sites for necrophagous birds.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-May-2020 11:57 harro Added

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