Accident SZD-55-1 Promyk G-CKLR, Saturday 8 April 2017
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Date:Saturday 8 April 2017
Time:11:46 LT
Type:SZD-55-1 Promyk
Owner/operator:Northumbria Gliding Club
Registration: G-CKLR
MSN: 551193056
Year of manufacture:1993
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Currock Hill Airfield, Greenside, near Hexham, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Currock Hill Airfield, Northumberland
Destination airport:Currock Hill Airfield, Northumberland
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
SZD-55-1 Promyk G-CKLR: The glider crashed shortly after an aero-tow take off and initial climb out from Currock Hill airfield, Greenside near Hexham, Northumberland on 8 April 2017. The pilot, who was the only person on board, died at the scene. A later newspaper report (see links #8 and #9) adds details, and names the fatality:

"Glider crash victim named
THE man killed in Saturday's fatal glider crash has been named. The pilot was killed in a glider crash near Hedley-on-the-Hill died from torso injuries, a preliminary investigation has revealed.

Tony Anderson from Fourstones sustained fatal injuries in the accident at Currock Hill, near Hedley on the Hill. Emergency services were called to the scene at around midday. The glider crashed in a field shortly after taking off. Paramedics treated the 62-year-old, but he died at the scene. The South Northumberland coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected to open within the next few days. Coroner Eric Armstrong said he was awaiting a report from a pathologist before deciding whether to hold an inquest.

The Department for Transport’s air accident investigation branch confirmed it was investigating the incident. Anyone who witnessed the incident has been asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 443 08/04/17."

According to CAA records, the pilot fatality was also the registered owner of the glider.

UPDATE: The official AAIB report into the accident was published 08/03/2018, and the following is the summary from that report:

"AAIB investigation to SZD-55-1, G-CKLR
Loss of elevator control during launch, Currock Hill Airfield, Northumbria, 8 April 2017

During a towed launch, the glider was seen to climb rapidly. After disconnecting from the tow rope with a very high pitch angle, the glider rolled to the right and descended before hitting the ground in a nose-down attitude. The pilot was fatally injured.

The investigation determined that the elevator control connection had not been correctly made when the glider was rigged and this condition was not detected prior to the flight. Consequently, during the launch, the glider would have had no effective elevator control and the pilot would have been unable to control the pitch of the glider.

It was found that an historic and unapproved modification to the glider significantly increased the opportunity for mis-rigging. As a result, the European Aviation Safety Agency have taken safety action to mandate an inspection of similar gliders. In addition, one Safety Recommendation is made."

=Safety Recommendation 2018-004=
It is recommended that the British Gliding Association review its policy on the need for positive control checks on gliders with automatically-connecting controls and, where appropriate, amend its relevant publications including the Safety Briefing Leaflet entitled ‘Is your glider fit for flight?’.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Extensive" damage was sustained. As a result, the registration G-CKLR was cancelled by the CAA on 1 December 2017 as aircraft "destroyed"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2017/04/01
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB:
2. BGA (British Gliding Association) Final Report:

History of this aircraft

This SZD-55-1 Promyk was built in 1993; it was first UK registered as G-CKLM on 24 January 2006, being re-registered to its 2nd owner on the same day (!) as G-CKLR. The glider was reregistered to its 3rd (and ultimately final) owner on 3 July 2015. As at 5 April 2016, the glider had accumulated 3598 flying hours on the airframe.

Due to the incident at Currock Hill on 8 April 2017, "Extensive" damage was sustained. As a result, the registration G-CKLR was cancelled by the CAA on 1 December 2017 as aircraft "destroyed"



Revision history:

08-Apr-2017 19:55 Dr.John Smith Added
09-Apr-2017 10:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Apr-2017 17:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
18-May-2017 00:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Jul-2017 15:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2017 07:30 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
08-Mar-2018 14:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2018 20:27 harro Updated [Source]
12-Mar-2018 14:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
29-Sep-2020 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Accident report]
20-May-2024 11:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Category]

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