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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69445
Last updated: 2 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ask1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASK 21
Registration: N121FL
C/n / msn: 21267
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Eagleville, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Eagleville, TN (50M)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that after takeoff he flew to an area of thermal activity. Upon completing several minutes of upper air work, the pilot elected to return to the departure airport. While en route to the departure airport, the pilot realized that he had entered an area where he was unable to maintain altitude and thermal activity was lost. The pilot selected a nearby bean field for an emergency landing. According to the pilot, during the landing roll, the right wing collided with a tall plant and the glider ground looped. Examination of the glider at the accident site revealed structural damage to the fuselage aft section. No mechanical problem was reported by the pilot.
Probable Cause: The loss of thermals during the glider flight that resulted in the collision with high vegetation while maneuvering for an emergency landing. A factor was high vegetation.



Revision history:

27-Oct-2009 05:09 DColclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 12:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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