CHI04CA102
CHI04CA102

On April 4, 2004, about 1600 central daylight time, a Schweizer SGS 2-33A glider, N17882, operated by the Civil Air Patrol, piloted by a certified flight instructor (CFI), sustained substantial damage during an off-field landing near Lake Village Indiana. The flight was operated under 14 CFR Part 91. No flight plan was on file. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The CFI and student pilot sustained no injuries. The local flight originated from Lake Village Airport (C98), near Lake Village, Indiana, about 1555.

The CFI stated:
Shortly before 1600 CDT we departed Lake village Airport for a
fourth flight. The takeoff and tow were routine. Approaching for
another downwind landing, I observed that we were too low for a
normal pattern. I cut the corner and flew over a line of trees and
on the downwind side of the trees we encountered significant sink
and landed in a soft sandy field. Upon landing we bounced hard
and dug the right wingtip into the ground breaking many rivets
and bending the wing aft.

The student pilot stated:
Forecast surface wind was 10 to 12 from N-NW. Actual seemed to be
about 15. We had several tow pilots and tow pilot trainees along with
glider pilots. Around 1430 hours I was taking instruction from [the CFI]
in a glider. We had taken 3 glider rides together earlier in the day.
All flights were to about 1000 AGL. ... On the fourth flight we were
about 2 or 3 miles north east of the airport (C98). This was the same
general area we were in the previous three flights. We performed one
steep turn and one slow flight maneuver. We then started back to the
airport for a landing. Our altitude seemed to be about the same as
earlier flights. About 1-1/2 miles from the airport there is a tree lining
running east and west that almost meets a forest that borders the north
end of the airport. Just before we reached the east/west tree line we
experienced a "sink" as if we went through a down draft. [The CFI] stated
"looks like we may need to make an off field landing[.]" He maneuvered
the glider past the trees to an open field. He landed the aircraft in the field.
The ground had been plowed and was soft. The nose skid dug into the
soft ground causing the aircraft to turn left dipping the right wing into the
ground where we came to rest. There was damage to the right wing.
[The CFI] did a good job of maneuvering the aircraft to avoid trees and
obstacles.

At 1604, the recorded weather at the Greater Kankakee Airport, Kankakee, Illinois, located approximately 18 nautical miles west of the accident, was: Wind 330 degrees at 11 knots gusting to 18 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 10 degrees C; dew point -3 degrees C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury.

The CFI reported no mechanical malfunctions in reference to the glider. The pilot stated, "The only recommendation would be during training and flight reviews to increase emphasis on keeping very close to the airport when at low altitudes."

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