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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65436
Last updated: 27 September 2019
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Type:Glasflügel H-201 Standard Libelle
Registration: N184W
C/n / msn: 131
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Front Royal, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Front Royal, VA (FRR)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, the glider was towed to an altitude of 4,700 feet above mean sea level and released. Shortly after release, the pilot encountered severe turbulence that caused the glider to become inverted. During the turbulence encounter, the pilot's head impacted the canopy several times, and shattered the canopy. While the glider was inverted the pilot heard "cracking in the wings." After recovering from the turbulence upset, the pilot attempted to land in a field. While on the final leg of the approach, the glider impacted some trees, and a hard landing resulted. The tree strikes and hard landing caused substantial damage to the wing and fuselage.
Probable Cause:
Aircraft control was not maintained during cruise flight. Contributing to the accident was turbulence and inadvertent flight into adverse weather.



Revision history:

08-Jun-2009 11:04 David Colclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:21 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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