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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240503
Last updated: 10 June 2021
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Date:26-AUG-2020
Time:12:16 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASH 25
Owner/operator:Kenneth Henry Lloyd & Darrel Tucker (regd.owners)
Registration: G-CFST
MSN: 25073
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:London Road, Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Aston Down Airfield, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:Aston Down Airfield, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
A Schleicher ASH 25 glider, G-CFST, launched behind an aerotow tug from Aston Down Airfield with the intention of soaring along the Cotswold Ridge between Dursley and Broadway. The soaring conditions proved challenging and the glider became too low as it followed the ridge to the east of Cheltenham, an area with few options for a successful field landing. The glider collided with the top of a line of trees while the pilot was attempting to start the glider’s sustainer engine and trying to find a suitable place to land. After colliding with the trees, the glider struck the ground nose-first imparting fatal injuries to the pilot. The rear seat passenger received only minor injuries.

The investigation found that the accident occurred because the glider was flown over an area where the combination of the terrain and the glider’s altitude meant a successful field landing could not be assured. While the pilot had been flying under an informal age-related ‘dual-only’ limitation imposed by his gliding club, the investigation was not able to determine to what degree age was a factor in the pilot’s decision making on the accident flight.

Following this accident, the BGA began a consultation process with their member clubs to develop policy and guidance for the management of pilots who, for any reason, might benefit from flying with a safety pilot or relinquishing PIC status.

=Damage sustained to airframe=
Per the above AAIB report, G-CFST was "destroyed". G-CFST was ex-BGA3496, first becoming G-CFST on 30 Aguust 2007. The registration G-CFST was formally cancelled by the CAA on 3 June 2001 as "Permanently Withdrawn From Use"

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report (33 Pages): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6087c4a4d3bf7f013a9a54b4/Schleicher_ASH_25_E_G-CFST_06-21.pdf
2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-53922217
3. https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/updates-glider-crash-charlton-kings-4459449
4. https://www.glosnews.com/articles/glider-crash-in-cheltenham
5. https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-08-26/two-hurt-after-glider-crash-lands-in-cheltenham-school-playing-fields
6. https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18691595.cotswold-gliding-club-pilot-died-highly-experienced/
7. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/G-CFST
8. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/ash25.htm

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

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Images:


Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Aug-2020 15:07 Michael Roots Added
26-Aug-2020 16:25 Michael Roots Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
26-Aug-2020 16:25 harro Updated [Date]
26-Aug-2020 16:34 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Damage]
26-Aug-2020 18:16 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
26-Aug-2020 18:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
26-Aug-2020 20:49 GrumpyMike Updated [Total fatalities, Departure airport, Embed code]
26-Aug-2020 21:01 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
27-Aug-2020 06:02 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Aug-2020 11:58 RobertMB Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport]
04-Sep-2020 06:08 HiCirrus Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
22-Oct-2020 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2021 08:56 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
30-Apr-2021 02:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
10-Jun-2021 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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