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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21841
Last updated: 7 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schempp-Hirth Ventus a
Owner/operator:Richard Johnson
Registration: N47JD
C/n / msn: 29
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 miles from Midlothian, Ellis County, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Tsa Gliderport, TX (TA11)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses to the accident said the glider appeared to be flying normally when it suddenly pitched up and down, then flew into the ground. This was substantiated by flight data from an onboard recorder. The pilot was fatally injured and portions of the glider's wings and empennage were seperated from the fuselage. The pilot was an 11 time national soaring champion with approximately 50 years experience flying gliders and airplanes. The pilot had very recent symptoms, recent test results, and autopsy findings consistent with serious coronary artery disease. He also had abnormal rhythms on ECG monitoring that would have likely increased his risk of sudden death. The pilot was in the process of scheduling a cardiac catheterization and possible angioplasty. He may have been impaired or incapacitated by pain, an abnormal heart rhythm, or sudden cardiac death. The circumstances of the accident are consistent with an abrupt physical inability to continue controlling the aircraft.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain aircraft control due to an incapacitating cardiac event. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's poor decision to fly with known serious medical issues.



Revision history:

26-Jul-2008 12:15 jorgetadeu7 Added
04-Jul-2009 10:58 DColclasure Updated
18-Jan-2012 09:34 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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