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N1002Z accident description

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Crash location 35.222500°N, 84.584444°W
Nearest city Benton, TN
35.174241°N, 84.653547°W
5.1 miles away
Tail number N1002Z
Accident date 27 Apr 2014
Aircraft type Schleicher Alexander K 7
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

In a statement to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot of the glider stated that he was on final approach for landing with the air brakes deployed when he observed another glider on the runway. He raised the nose of his glider to clear the other glider, but did not retract the air brakes, which resulted in a hard landing. The pilot sustained serious injuries. Postaccident examination by an FAA inspector revealed minor damage to the glider's tail skid, and no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's distraction with traffic on the runway, and his subsequent failure to retract the air brakes prior to touchdown, which resulted in a hard landing.

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