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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29755
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schempp-Hirth Ventus b/16.6
Registration: N176V
MSN: 353
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hobbs, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:HBB
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to glider race officials, the pilot was returning to the airport, and was approximately 14 nautical miles out. The pilot said that the lift conditions were deteriorating, and he needed to land-out. He said that he selected a road to land on, but as he approached his landing point, he became aware of transmission wires. He subsequently maneuvered his glider away from the wires, but stalled his aircraft. The pilot said that he caught a wing tip, and the glider rotated into a fence. The glider was broken in half, and the nose and vertical stabilizer were damaged.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning. Factors were the loss of thermal lift, the subsequent stall/spin, and the fence post that he impacted.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 08:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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