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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66227
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:28-APR-1999
Time:14:00
Type:Schempp-Hirth Mini-Nimbus
Owner/operator:Seminole Flying
Registration: N100GG
MSN: 84
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Clermont, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Seminole Lake, FL (6FL0)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After the tow release at 1600 feet, the pilot began to search for thermal pockets. Failing to find a thermal, the pilot elected to return to the airport. The pilot stated that he encountered downdrafts which increased his rate of descent to approximately 1000 feet per minute. Realizing that there was not sufficient altitude to return to the airport safely, the pilot elected to make an emergency landing in a nearby field. The glider subsequently collided with a barbed wire fence during the emergency landing, causing substantial damage. The glider sustained damage to both wings and a broken canopy. No mechanical problems with the glider were reported by the pilot.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to locate a thermal and the in-flight encounter with a down draft.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001205X00425&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jul-2009 03:21 DColclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 12:40 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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