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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29836
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Date:07-AUG-1995
Time:17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schempp-Hirth Ventus a
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N307L
C/n / msn: 38
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Rocksprings, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:KUVA
Destination airport:KUVA
Narrative:
On August 7, 1995, at 1730 central daylight time, a Schempp-Hirth Ventus a, N307L, was destroyed following a loss of control near Rocksprings, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot received minor injuries. The glider was being operated as a personal flight under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The flight originated in Uvalde - KUVA, Texas, at 1345. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the round robin flight.

During a telephone interview with the investigator-in-charge the pilot reported that when he attempted to accelerate to glide airspeed he experienced problems with elevator control. He had to apply full elevator before the glider would respond to control inputs. It also responded "very slowly" to the elevator control inputs. The pilot further reported he was going to land on a ranch road; however, because of the control problem he elected to bail out. The glider impacted the ground in a level attitude damaging the fuselage, horizontal stabilizer, and canopy.

Examination of the glider by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the Mylar tape, which was used as a gap seal for the elevator, had partially separated.


Sources:

NTSB Identification: FTW95LA335


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2009 02:32 DColclasure Updated
20-Jan-2012 02:01 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated

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