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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179692
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic as19 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASW-19B
Registration: N27XX
MSN: 19356
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Saratoga County Airport (5B2), Saratoga Springs, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2)
Destination airport:Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot was attempting to land the glider. A witness described the glider's initial approach to the runway as "high and fast" and noted that the landing gear and spoilers were retracted. He added that the glider flew about halfway down the runway, climbed, turned right, and banked steeply before making a left “teardrop” turn. The glider then flew down the runway in the opposite direction. The landing gear extended and retracted at least once during the turn. The glider made a second low pass over the runway at an “excessive” speed but did not land. The glider then entered another climb and made a very steep descending left turn, and the left wing struck the ground followed by the nose. Data extracted from a GPS found in the wreckage were consistent with the witness's observations. The pilot was seriously injured and could not remember the accident sequence of events.
Postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the glider.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain glider control while attempting to land.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

20-Sep-2015 01:12 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 16:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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