NYC96LA016
NYC96LA016

On October 22, 1995, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Schweizer SGS 2-33 glider, N65852, was substantially damaged when it struck the ground in Barre, Massachusetts. The private pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight which had departed the Tanner-Hiller Airport, Barre, at 1400, and was operated under 14 CFR Part 91.

In the NTSB Accident Report, the pilot stated:

Takeoff & tow to 3000 ft AGL normal Thermaled to 3350 Experienced heavy sink - Tried to return to airport Flew into a position where I wouldn't continue because of utility pole Turned left - left wing contacted ground - aircraft rotated 180 degrees

When interviewed, the pilot reported that the glider stalled during the turn, at an altitude of about 25 feet above the ground.

According to the FAA, the left wing was bent outboard of the strut attach point, and the fuselage was bent about 6 feet behind the cockpit.

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