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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65148
Last updated: 6 January 2021
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Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-505 Elan
Registration: N505TW
C/n / msn: 5EA82X33
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Llano, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Llano, CA (46CN)
Destination airport:Llano, CA (46CN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
In a written statement, the student pilot reported that he was landing his glider, a LET Blanik L-13, on 25L, while another glider, a DG 505 was positioned on 25R approximately 1000 feet from the departure end of the runway. The DG 505 was hooked to a tow plane and waiting for takeoff on runway 25R. The Blanik L-13 made a normal landing on runway 25L with a touchdown point 500 feet from the end of the runway. During the landing roll, the glider veered to the right and collided with the DG 505 before coming to a stop. The right wing of the Blanik L-13 impacted the left wingtip of the DG 505. The flight instructor in the DG 505 stated in a written report: "there was ample room (for landing), but the pilot made the mistake of looking at the obstruction (me), rather than ahead up the runway." A post accident inspection revealed substantial damage to the Blanik L-13, including distorted wing skins, detached wing attachments and bent bulkheads in the fuselage. The minor damage to the DG 505 was contained to a detachable wing tip.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing roll.



Revision history:

23-May-2009 11:19 DColclasure Added
04-Jul-2009 10:58 DColclasure Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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