NTSB Identification: ATL82DA081
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 05, 1982 in MARION, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/05/1983
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS-1-35, registration: N2835H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

WHILE TURNING FROM DOWNWIND THROUGH BASE TO FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE PILOT NOTED A STRONG TAILWIND. HE REPORTED THAT THE TAILWIND BLEW THE GLIDER ACROSS THE RUNWAY AND OVER THE BOUNDARY FENCE. HE ANGLED BACK TO CLEAR THE FENCE AND LAND ON THE RUNWAY WHEN HE ENCOUNTERED WIND SHEAR AND LOST ABOUT 20 KNOTS OF AIRSPEED. AT THE SAME TIME, HE ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE WHICH HE BELIEVED TO BE CAUSED BY TREES ON THE WINDWARD SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. AT ABOUT 10 FT AGL, THE LEFT WING DROPPED AND STRUCK THE RUNWAY. WHEN THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE RUNWAY, THE GLIDER WAS TURNED ABRUPTLY TO THE LEFT AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE WIND WAS VARIABLE AND RANGED FROM CALM TO GUSTY.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..WINDSHEAR

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE,CLEAR AIR

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