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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69441
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 b/16.6
Registration: N25RN
MSN: 221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gross Reservoir, Near Boulder, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Boulder, CO (1V5)
Destination airport:Boulder, CO (1V5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he noted the formation of thunderstorms and rain showers along his route of flight. He elected to return to the airport. During his return flight, thunderstorms developed along the foothills, just west of the airport. Due to the inadequate lift to sustain flight and with unsuitable terrain between his position and the airport, the pilot decided to perform a precautionary landing in the reservoir. During the precautionary landing, the glider was substantially damaged.
Probable Cause: pilot's improper in-flight planning and decision making. Contributing factors include the thunderstorms, the lack of suitable terrain available for a precautionary landing and the water.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

10 Aug 1985 N25RN Private 0 Colorado Springs - KCOS, CO sub


Revision history:

27-Oct-2009 03:12 DColclasure Added
20-Jan-2012 04:41 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 19:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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