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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145071
Last updated: 7 January 2021
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Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-505 Elan Orion
Owner/operator:FSC Wiesbaden Maikäfer e.V.
Registration: D-6359
C/n / msn: 5E135X2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Heidenrod-Laufenselden Gliderfield, Hessen -   Germany
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Heidenrod-Laufenselden
Destination airport:Heidenrod-Laufenselden
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
A Glaser-Dirks DG-505 Elan Orion glider (D-6359) crashed shortly after takeoff from Heidenrod-Laufenselden gliderfield in a forest, after the towing cable was broken or released to early from the tow aircraft.

One person died instantly and another person was transported by helicopter to a hospital.

It appeared that the pilot attempted to return to the field with a 180 degree turn instead of making a forced landing straight ahead.

Sources:,textId=23648224,tabindex=0.bild.html,mix,14825264 (pictures of the accident)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 09:39 gerard57 Added
15-Apr-2012 11:40 PC12 Updated [Source]
15-Apr-2012 17:12 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
16-Apr-2012 21:59 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2012 01:30 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
17-Apr-2012 06:03 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Narrative]
01-Jun-2013 15:11 Alpine Flight Updated [Cn, Location, Narrative]
09-Oct-2013 17:41 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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