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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65932
Last updated: 27 April 2020
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Date:29-DEC-2001
Time:15:00
Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-200
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N5457T
C/n / msn: 2-57A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Benton, TN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Benton, TN (92A)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The glider pilot was flying north in a ridge lift about 400 feet above a plateau area where he had previously found good thermals. He started a turn towards the front of the ridge towards a valley and encountered a severe sink rate. He continued the turn and the sink rate increased between 1,500 to 3,000 feet per minute and the glider collided with trees. The pilot did not experienced a mechanical failure or malfunction of the airframe or flight control system.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadvertent encounter with a downdraft while maneuvering in a ridge lift during a turn resulting in an in-flight collision with trees.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020103X00011&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jun-2009 04:53 DColclasure Added
02-Sep-2012 10:46 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 13:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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