Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2010 Issue

October 18, 2010, Warren, Vt.., Schempp-Hirth Ventus B/16.6

At approximately 1715 Eastern time, the glider was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the flight, which originated with a tow at about 1400. After using ridge and thermal lift to reach 14,000 feet, the pilot used the dive brakes "quite a few times" to maintain a 500-fpm descent. The pilot entered the traffic pattern and was maneuvering on the downwind leg when he experienced a strong lifting force.

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