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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65353
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: N439AS
MSN: 19231
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Blairstown, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Blairstown, NJ (1N7)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
After about 1.5 hours of ridgeline flying, and during the outbound leg from the departure airport, the glider approached a valley. According to the pilot, "the ridge lift in this area dissipated rapidly due to a shift in wind direction." Due to the loss in lift, the pilot circled over a field and set up a downwind, base, and final approach for a landing. While on the "short final" leg of the approach, the pilot noticed an obstacle, elected to climb over it, and to land as quickly as possible on the opposite side. During the rollout, the pilot attempted to maneuver the glider between two trees; however, both wingtips impacted the trees, and the glider was substantially damaged.
Probable Cause: A loss of lift, which resulted in a forced landing.




Revision history:

02-Jun-2009 10:46 David Colclasure Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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