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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147411
Last updated: 13 January 2021
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Time:12:45 LT
Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-100
Owner/operator:Angus Gliding Club
Registration: G-DDFN
C/n / msn: 30
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pluckerston Farm, near Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Drumshade Farm, Kirriemuir, Angus
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
A man has died after his glider crashed in a field at Pluckerston Farm, Kirriemuir, Angus. Emergency services were called to the scene near Forfar, Angus, at around 12.45pm on Saturday [4th August 2012]. Whilst turning to the right, the glider was seen to enter a spin from which it recovered after about two turns. The glider was seen to fly normally for about a minute and it then entered a second spin, from which it did not recover. The pilot was fatally injured

Tayside Police said the 59-year-old man was the only person in the aircraft and no-one else was injured. The force said inquiries are ongoing. Tayside Fire and Rescue officers said they were called to Drumshade Farm near Kirriemuir, Angus, following a report that a glider may have come down but their services were not needed. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"At about 11:15 hrs the glider was positioned for a winch launch on the easterly runway. The launch appeared normal, with the glider releasing at the top of the climb. Club members did not continue to watch the glider but concentrated on preparing the other gliders for flight.

The launch and subsequent manoeuvres including the accident were observed by a witness who was at the eastern end of the strip. He saw the glider flying in right-hand orbits to the northeast before appearing to enter a steep nose-down spin. The glider recovered after what he estimated to be about two turns and headed away from the field, to the north, before making another orbit to the right.

The witness described the orbits as having a “gentle bank angle”. The glider then appeared to enter another spin, from which it did not recover, and was seen to impact the surface of a crop field. The witness alerted the club members to the accident and they contacted the emergency services before attending the scene. The pilot had been fatally injured in the impact."

Nature of damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft Destroyed". As a rtesult, the registration G-DDFN was cancelled by the CAA on 21/3/2013 as aircraft "destroyed"


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2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Aug-2012 13:32 sharla Added
04-Aug-2012 15:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Aug-2012 07:17 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
06-Aug-2012 06:23 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
06-Aug-2012 06:35 harro Updated [Registration, Narrative]
06-Aug-2012 06:46 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
14-Aug-2012 04:08 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Narrative]
28-Jul-2013 19:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Jul-2013 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Jan-2017 21:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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