February 9, 2021 at 2:37 PM #11266John BenarioGeneral Member
On February 7, afternoon, pilot attempted to launch on a Sport 3 135 at Crestline. Witness states that the launch run was weak and the nose popped up on about the second step. The wing and pilot did become airborne momentarily but the the glider slid right and struck the ground almost immediately.
The recorded winds at Crestline were 0-5 mph south, the witness reported winds at time of launch of 2-4 south.
The pilot had experience and ratings appropriate to launching a Sport 3 at Crestline.
The wing did not achieve full flying speed and mushed into the ground
The pilot did not run aggressively enough for the conditions, which the nose going high mid run exacerbated
The pilot debriefed with fellow pilots immediately after the accident and acknowledged the run was not aggressive enough for the light conditions. This flight is good example of the benefit of taking note of the conditions and giving oneself a briefing of what is necessary for a safe launchFebruary 9, 2021 at 5:40 PM #11269Marc DeschenesGeneral Member
Could be a good idea to add KEEP NOSE DOWN to the HOOK IN signs we see at launches.
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