Sector Aviation

Damage incurred during flight, SZD-51-1 “Juneor”, 15 July 2016 Larserveld

Introduction

After a flight of more than an hour, the pilot decided to perform several loopings. At that point, the glider was at an altitude of approximately 700 metres. The pilot stated that he increased speed to 180 km/hr and gradually initiated the looping. The first looping went without incident. He then initiated the second looping in the same manner. During the last phase of this looping, when the aircraft was flying horizontally once again, the pilot heard a loud bang behind him. However, the pilot still had full control over the glider, so he flew an alternative circuit before landing safely. A subsequent inspection revealed damage to the left wing spar.

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  • Start date 15 jul. 2016
  • End date
  • Type investigationShort
  • Status investigationOpen

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