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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69451
Last updated: 10 December 2019
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Type:Schweizer SGS 1-35
Registration: N2540H
C/n / msn: 52
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cumberland, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Cumberland, MD (CBE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to the accident flight, the pilot had not flown the same make and model as the accident glider. After soaring for several minutes, the pilot entered a downwind leg for runway 29 at 500 feet agl. On base leg, he extended the flaps to 30 degrees. The glider initially "ballooned," and the pilot maintained a 55-knot approach speed. The pilot then realized he was "too fast" and "too high." He then extended the flaps to 80 degrees, and performed a forward slip. The pilot's attention was diverted to another glider landing ahead of him, and the accident glider's spoiler/flap combination was not as effective as other models he had flown. The pilot touched down to the right of the glider ahead of him, on the grass adjacent to the runway, and more than 1,800 feet beyond the approach end of the 2,442-foot long, asphalt, runway. The glider then bounced several times, and traveled off the end of the runway into a fence. The reported wind at the airport, about 25 minutes prior to the accident, was from 140 degrees at 4 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot misjudged distance and altitude. A factor was the pilot's lack of familiarity with the glider.



Revision history:

27-Oct-2009 06:41 DColclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 12:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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