NTSB Identification: WPR14LA177
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Daggett, CA
Aircraft: AIRPLANE FACTORY (PTY) LTD THE SLING, registration: N511NG
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 29, 2014, at 2355 Pacific daylight time, a Airplane Factory Sling, N511NG, impacted mountainous terrain 5 miles southwest of the Barstow-Daggett Airport, Daggett, California. The certified flight instructor was seriously injured, and the sport pilot being instructed received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the Sling Flying Club under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as an instructional flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Torrance, California, about 2130.

The pilot who held the Sport Pilot certificate stated that they were about 10 miles southwest of the Barstow-Daggett Airport, and they could clearly see the airport lights. They had started their descent out of 5,500 feet mean sea level (msl) and were planning their entry into the airport traffic pattern when they suddenly impacted terrain twice and then came to full stop. The sport pilot secured the airplane's electrical equipment and fuel system, egressed the airplane, and attended to the CFI. He then called for assistance using a mobile phone.

The Daggett ASOS (automated surface observing system) recorded at 2350 clear sky, visibility 10 miles, and wind from 260 degrees at 3 knots. Astronomical information shows that moon set had occurred at 2019.

The accident occurred in a very sparsely populated area of high desert in Southern California, and that dark night conditions prevailed.

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