S8/2006 Scheibe SF27 glider, HGM and Schleicher ASW 19B glider, GDP
The aircraft were both soaring in the vicinity of Sutton Bank, at a height above the airfield of about 1,500 ft, near to the base of cloud. The surviving (SF27) pilot recalled suddenly seeing the other aircraft coming towards him, very close, and attempted to manoeuvre to avoid collision. However, the two aircraft collided almost head on. The SF27 pilot abandoned his aircraft and made a successful parachute descent. The ASW19B pilot’s body was found close to the remains of his glider. His harness had been unfastened, and the canopy jettison control had been operated, but his parachute had not been activated. A GPS, logger, and palm-top computer, had been fitted to the canopy surround. These items were attached by wiring to the rear of the instrument panel. It appeared that these wires may have prevented successful jettisoning of the canopy, and two AAIB Safety Recommendations were made to the BGA.
Published 10 December 2014