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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39297
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VENT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schempp-Hirth Ventus 2b
Registration: N80077
MSN: 9
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Hobbs Airpark - KHBB, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:KHBB
Destination airport:KHBB
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot had been involved in a week-long Region 9 glider competition. Witnesses reported that approximately halfway to the first check point, a 'low cloud deck moved in from the northeast reducing the available lift.' Witnesses stated that the weather deteriorated to such a degree that 20 of the 38 competing gliders landed-out. As the pilot was flying south towards the approach end of runway 17, approximately 200 feet agl, he turned eastbound. According to witnesses at the destination airport, the pilot radioed that he was going 'to land-out.' A witness near the accident site reported that she 'heard the glider fly overhead and looked up to see it just above her house.' The witness further reported that she saw the glider fly northbound and climb to 'about 2, maybe 3 telephone poles height above the ground.' She said that the glider was 'rocking back and forth like a kite, and then it spun to the left and hit the ground.' The glider fell on some transmission wires as it impacted the ground. The Soaring Society of America's Flight Manual states that in preparation for an off-field landing, the pilot should select a specific field by 1,500 feet agl. CAUSE: The pilot's failure to select an off-field landing site with sufficient time/altitude to perform the landing which led to his failure to maintain airspeed. A factor was the unfavorable wind.


NTSB Identification: FTW97FA249

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
12-Oct-2009 10:01 David Colclasure Updated
20-Jan-2012 02:07 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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