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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68915
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 3/24.5
Registration: N4427M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Macdoel, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Siskiyou County, California
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that while in a closed circuit race he was attempting to gain altitude in a thermal, which disappeared. The glider did not have sufficient altitude to continue and the pilot elected to return and land at an airport he had passed earlier. About 4 miles from the airport, an unexpected heavy sink rate was encountered. He picked an alternate landing site and on final approach to the south, he noticed a set of power lines different than the ones he had previously seen. They ran from east to west at the northern edge of the dirt strip. In order to avoid the obstructions, he went over the power lines. The right wing caught the wires, and the glider fell to the ground.


NTSB Identification: LAX97LA215

Revision history:

12-Oct-2009 21:03 David Colclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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