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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39298
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 c
Registration: N418CH
MSN: 387
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Durango - CD82, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:CD82
Destination airport:CD82
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot told witnesses he was unfamiliar with the area, had limited mountain flying experience, was still uncomfortable flying his 3 year-old high-performance sailplane, and needed to be more aggressive in his flying technique. On the day of the accident, the pilot appeared nervous and apprehensive. He instructed the tow-pilot to fly north towards mountain terrain and a distant thunderstorm. The pilot released himself at 8800ft MSL, about 200-300ft below the crest of the ridge. The tow-pilot said soaring conditions in that area were "poor with little lift". When the sailplane failed to return, a search was initiated. The sailplane had struck Aspen trees and crashed within 1.5NM of the release point.


NTSB Identification: DEN91FA083

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2009 02:32 DColclasure Updated
19-Jan-2012 13:59 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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