NTSB Identification: ATL83LA123.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20225.
Accident occurred Monday, February 21, 1983 in WOODBINE, MD
Aircraft: Scheibe Flugzeugbau L SPATZ-55, registration: N8752R
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 AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A SNOWBANK DURING LANDING ROLL. THE TURF LANDING SITE WAS CLEAR BUT SNOW HAD BEEN PILED TWO TO FOUR FEET DEEP ALONGSIDE THE STRIP DURING THE CLEARING PROCESS. AS THE AIRCRAFT NEARED THE END OF THE STRIP DURING LANDING THE PILOT STEERED TO THE RIGHT TO PROVIDE MORE CLEARANCE FOR ANOTHER GLIDER WAITING FOR TAKEOFF. THE TURN PUT THE RIGHT WING OF THE LANDING GLIDER OVER THE CLEARING WHERE IT CONTACTED A HIGH POINT IN THE SNOWBANK. THE PILOT HAD RECENTLY BOUGHT THIS GLIDER AND WAS NOT YET USED TO ITS WIDER WING SPAN.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK

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