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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65127
Last updated: 29 July 2020
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Type:Schweizer SGS 1-35C
Owner/operator:Clear Sky LLC
Registration: N135EX
C/n / msn: 72
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Northfield, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Stanton, MN (SYN)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The glider was substantially damaged during an off-airport landing. The pilot stated that as he was returning from a flight about 7 miles west of the departure airport, he encountered heavy sink and found himself at 1,100 feet above ground level. The pilot then elected to make an off-airport landing to a cow pasture. He stated that his approach was "somewhat high, and [he] had to lose altitude while rapidly approaching the upslope terrain with a dirt/rock pile at the far end." The pilot stated that he pitched up to either lose speed, or avoid the dirt/rock pile, causing the glider to balloon. The glider then stalled about 5 to 10 feet above the ground and bounced "very hard." The glider's fuselage was subsequently found to have damage to the bulkhead and skins.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall during the off-airport landing. A factor contributing to the accident was the dirt/rock pile.



Revision history:

22-May-2009 13:33 DColclasure Added
04-Jul-2009 10:58 DColclasure Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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