Accident SZD-55-1 Promyk N81799, Sunday 12 May 2013
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Date:Sunday 12 May 2013
Type:SZD-55-1 Promyk
Registration: N81799
MSN: 551199108
Total airframe hrs:339 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Henderson, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Louisburg, NC (79NC)
Destination airport:Louisburg, NC (79NC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that he had been soaring in his glider for approximately 3 hours. While returning to the airport, the glider encountered a sink and had descended 2,500 feet before the pilot was able to find a more favorable air mass. At that time, the glider was too low to fly to the airport and the pilot elected to land in a field. While on final approach, the pilot noticed that the field had deep ruts; however, he was committed to landing at that point. During the landing, the left wing struck a rut and the glider ground-looped, which partially separated the tailboom. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the glider.
Probable Cause: A loss of aerodynamic lift that resulted in a forced landing to unsuitable terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA13CA272
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

22-Nov-2013 14:28 Alpine Flight Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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