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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65340
Last updated: 4 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 2c
Registration: N340TW
MSN: 45
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Midlothian, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Midlothian, TX
Destination airport:Midlothian, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
The 630-hour glider commercial pilot reported that prior to departure from the 4,200-feet by 400-feet wide grass-turf gliderport, he followed his checklist items which included; checking and closing the spoilers, checking the seat belts and shoulder harnesses. During the aero tow takeoff, the pilot noticed the uncommanded opening of the spoilers and he elected to release from the aero tow. During the landing on the grass runway, the glider touched down hard. The glider received minor damage to its landing gear and the pilot was seriously injured. The reason for the uncommanded extension of the spoilers could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The inadvertent deployment of the spoilers during the aero tow takeoff for undetermined reasons, resulting in a hard landing.




Revision history:

02-Jun-2009 06:39 DColclasure Added
20-Jan-2012 07:45 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:07 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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