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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 237149
Last updated: 27 January 2022
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Time:12:01 UTC
Type:Schempp-Hirth Janus C
Owner/operator:Vlaamse Zweefvlieg Academie
Registration: OO-ZVK
MSN: 205
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Weelde Airfield (EBWE) -   Belgium
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Weelde Airfield (EBWE)
Destination airport:Weelde Airfield (EBWE)
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
The purpose was to make a local gliding flight with a passenger ending with practising an approach on the airfield using the tail brake parachute. According to the pilot, the parachute deployment was activated right after the turn into final but the parachute actually deployed when the sailplane was still at a height of 50m. The sailplane violently hit the ground in a nose-down attitude.

A late deployment of a brake parachute at low altitude during landing, hindering the pilot in his execution of a proper flare, with a nose-down impact to the ground as a consequence.
Contributing safety factor(s):
- Airmanship: no lessons learned from previous event, no thorough preflight briefing between the crew
- Procedures: lack of guidelines on how to handle in case of a malfunction of the tail brake chute system



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

20-Jun-2020 08:01 harro Added

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