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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65337
Last updated: 31 May 2020
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Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-600/15
Registration: N787T
C/n / msn: 6-3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Kent, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Marfa, TX (MRF)
Destination airport:Marfa, TX (MRF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The 3,460-hour commercial glider pilot reported that, while soaring, he encountered poor thermal conditions and the glider began to lose altitude. The pilot observed a field by a ranch house and elected to land there. As the pilot approached the field, he observed high power lines at the approach end and a fence and shed at the far end of the field. When the glider was approximately 300 feet above ground level (agl), the pilot decided that the field would be an unsuitable place to land and turned approximately 270 degrees and executed a precautionary landing in the "best part of a bad area." When the glider was two to three feet agl, the left wingtip impacted a cactus. The glider then pivoted approximately 70 degrees, slid, and the right wing then impacted another cactus.
Probable Cause: The pilot's misjudgement of distance and altitude during a cross-country soaring flight. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the landing.



Revision history:

02-Jun-2009 06:38 David Colclasure Added
25-May-2013 20:01 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Dec-2017 08:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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