NTSB Identification: CHI83LA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21254.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 1983 in CADIZ, OH
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGU 2-22E, registration: N173JS
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 STUDENT PILOT HAD SPIRALED DOWN ON BASE TO FINAL APPROACH INSTEAD OF ENTERING A DOWNWIND LEG AS BRIEFED. AS THE STUDENT TURNED ON FINAL FOR RUNWAY 31, HE SAW AN AIRCRAFT THAT HAD DEPARTED RUNWAY 13 AND THOUGHT A HAZARD EXISTED. WITNESSES REPORTED THERE WAS NO HAZARD. THE STUDENT WAS HIGH ON FINAL, BUT TOO LOW FOR A 360 DEGREE TURN. HE NOSED THE GLIDER OVER AND USED SPOILERS, BUT DURING LEVELOFF, HE RETRACTED THE SPOILERS. THE GLIDER BOUNCED AND RAN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY INTO A DIRT BANK. THE DIRT BANK HAD BEEN MADE BY A COAL COMPANY AND HAD BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 10-12 YEARS.ATTEMPTS BY THE AIRPORT AUTHORITIES TO HAVE THE DIRT HAZARD REMOVED HAD BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL. REPORTEDLY, RUNWAY 31 SLOPED UPHILL WITH A 70 FT INCLINE OVER ITS LENGTH.

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:

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPOILER RETRACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT/FACILITIES..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IDENTIFICATION OF AIRCRAFT VISUALLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPOILER EXTENSION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

Index for Apr1983 | Index of months