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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 148617
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:13:30 LT
Type:Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 3
Registration: G-EENN
MSN: 9
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, Kinross -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, Kinross
Destination airport:Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, Kinross
Investigating agency: AAIB
A GLIDER pilot in his forties was killed yesterday when his aircraft crashed as it took off from the airfield at Scotland’s largest gliding club. The man was pronounced dead at the scene after the emergency services were called to Portmoak airfield on the shores of Loch Leven near Kinross, the home of the Scottish Gliding Centre.

The single seat glider, a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3 aircraft, was only a matter of feet off the ground when the plane crashed early yesterday afternoon as it was being winched into the air, The pilot was found inside the cockpit of the overturned carbon fibre fuselage.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said the emergency services had been called to Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, Kinross, shortly after 1:30pm following reports of a serious crash involving a glider at the centre.

He said: “One person – a man in his late forties – was found within the upside-down Nimbus 3 aircraft and despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is understood the aircraft was in the process of taking off and had only been a matter of feet off the ground when the incident happened. No-one else was injured.”

The spokesman continued: “An investigation, involving Tayside Police, the Air Accident Investigation Bureau and the Civil Aviation Authority, is being carried out to establish the full set of circumstances surrounding the incident. As with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the procurator-fiscal."

The glider was ex BGA 2820. Registration G-EENN cancelled by the CAA on 03/04/2013 as aircraft "destroyed" and registered owner "deceased"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
8. Tayside Police

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

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Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2013-008 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2013-009 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2013-010 issued by AAIB to British Gliding Association

Revision history:

05-Sep-2012 03:35 timpman Added
05-Sep-2012 03:37 harro Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Sep-2012 03:40 harro Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Sep-2012 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
07-Sep-2012 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 10:48 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
11-May-2013 10:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jul-2013 15:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
09-Jan-2017 17:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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