NTSB Identification: BFO85LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28535.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 20, 1985 in LOVETTSVILLE, VA
Aircraft: SLINGSBY TYPE 43 SERIES 3F, registration: N5563V
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PLT STATED THAT HE NORMALLY AVOIDED LANDING ON THE RWY SINCE THE GLIDER LANDED ON A SKID & IT TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO REMOUNT IT ON A GROUND HANDLING DOLLY. ON THIS FLT, HE PLANNED TO LAND ON THE GRASS BESIDE THE APCH END OF THE RWY. HOWEVER, HE ALLOWED AN EXCESSIVE LOSS OF ALT ON THE BASE LEG & FINAL APCH, & WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR TREES NEAR THE APCH END OF THE RWY. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT WING TIP HIT THE TOPS OF TREES & THE GLIDER CARTWHEELED TO THE GROUND. THE PLT BELIEVED HE HAD SPENT TOO MANY HRS ON THIS FLT IN UNSEASONABLE HEAT & WENT TOO LONG (OVER 8 HRS) WITHOUT EATING.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(HYPOGLYCEMIA/DIET)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(FLIGHT SCHEDULE)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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