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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66144
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:23-JUN-2004
Time:16:45
Type:Schweizer SGS 1-35
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N2874H
C/n / msn: 54
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Sparks, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sparks, NV (NV23)
Destination airport:Sparks, NV (NV23)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The glider landed short of runway and impacted terrain. While turning onto base leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot noticed a significant decrease in ground speed, which he attributed to being the result of a strong headwind. Just before turning onto final approach, about 400 feet agl, the glider experienced an increase in sink rate and a decrease in airspeed (about 5 to 10 knots indicated airspeed). He lowered the nose in an effort to increase the airspeed and counteract the sink, but the glider continued toward the ground. Just before impacting the ground in a nose low attitude, the pilot pulled back on the stick in an effort to pitch the nose up and cushion the impact. The glider collided with terrain in a flat attitude. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions of failures with the aircraft.
Probable Cause: the pilot's misjudgment of altitude and distance resulting in an undershoot of the runway.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040708X00927&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Jul-2009 02:48 DColclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:04 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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