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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69972
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Type:Silhouette image of generic rls8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rolladen-Schneider LS8
Registration: G-CHTS
MSN: 8040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:11 Km from Tibenham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Gransden Lodge, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:Tibenham, Norfolk
The pilot was flying a competition cross country task with one more turnpoint to go before a remote landing at Tibenham. In deteriorating soaring conditions, the pilot continued towards the penultimate turnpoint until his glide computer calculated that he was down to final glide height to Tibenham. At this point, the pilot abandoned the task and headed for Tibenham.

The GPS trace later showed that the pilot was by now down to about 750'agl and 11km from Tibenham. Flying with a tailwind, the pilot was confident that the required glide angle would improve. When he checked the glide computer and saw that he was 150' below glide, the pilot decided to turn back to a landable field.

Now flying into the 15-20 knot wind it soon became apparent that the glider wouldn't reach the landable field. The pilot decided to land in the wheat field just short of the original field but would have to fly over a line of trees and telephone wires on the approach. As the pilot neared the treeline, a combination of wind gradient and curlover led to the glider losing speed and height rapidly and touching down at the edge of a crop field prior to the intended field.

The accident report describes how the glider's wingtip caught an obstruction on touchdown, yawing the glider through 90 degrees as it bounced over a drainage ditch, flew over a road and another drainage ditch before landing sideways into the wheat field.

Note: Registration had been BGA 4195 until 23.10.2007.


1. BGA Accident Report

Revision history:

08-Nov-2009 09:29 DColclasure Added
22-Sep-2011 12:48 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Destination airport, Narrative]
22-Sep-2011 14:25 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
11-Dec-2014 00:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Dec-2014 00:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]

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