NTSB Identification: ATL88LA243.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36469.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 1988 in WHITWELL, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: Schempp-Hirth 2, registration: N795
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS COMPLETING A 130 MILE CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. JUST PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN, THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A WATER SPRINKLER PIPE ALONG THE EDGE OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE GRASS WAS TALLER ALONG THE RUNWAY EDGE. THE PILOT DID NOT REPORT ANY SYSTEM PROBLEM.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..POLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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