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Tail numberN129TD
Accident dateJune 29, 2009
Aircraft typeAlexander Schleicher Gmbh & Co Asw 27-18E
LocationEphrata, WA
Near 47.546111 N, -119.586666 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 29, 2009, at 1400 PDT, an Alexander Schleicher GMBH and Company ASW 27-18E glider, N129TD, broke apart in midair while maneuvering in thermal activity approximately 10 miles north of Ephrata, Washington. The private pilot was operating the glider under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The pilot was killed and the glider sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

According to local law enforcement personnel, the pilot was preparing for a glider competition that began the following day. While maneuvering in thermals, another glider pilot flying in the area saw the nose of the accident glider pitch up, the glider stalled and then entered a spin. The spin then appeared to develop into high speed spiral, and the glider broke apart in flight.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

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