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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60826
Last updated: 2 August 2020
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Date:07-JUL-2008
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic ask1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASK 21
Owner/operator:Harris Hill Soaring Corporation
Registration: N363KS
C/n / msn: 21228
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Elmira, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Elmira, NY (4NY8)
Destination airport:Elmira, NY (4NY8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot stated that after his Schleicher ASK-21 glider was towed aloft to 2,000 feet and released, he flew too far from the airport traffic pattern. He said that during the return to the airport, he encountered a "sink and waterfall" effect, which caused a low approach, resulting in his inability to make it to the airport. Subsequently, there was a collision with terrain 100 feet short of the runway. The pilot added that there were no deficiencies with the performance and handling of the glider.
Probable Cause: The glider pilot's misjudged distance/altitude while soaring.


Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20080905X01401&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 09:49 DColclasure Added
04-Jul-2009 10:58 DColclasure Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:27 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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