Slingsby T50 Skylark 4, BGA1116 and Schempp-Hirth Ventus cT, BGA3259
The Ventus and Skylark gliders collided while gliding at approximately 4,000 feet agl a short distance west of Lasham airfield. Both were severely damaged. Visibility was generally in excess of 5 km, but was variable and decreased with height. The investigation concluded that the gliders had approached each other about 28? off head-on, probably while both were flying straight and level. Following the collision, the pilot of the Skylark parachuted to the ground with no injuries. The pilot of the Ventus was injured in the collision and was still in his aircraft when the main wreckage impacted the ground. One recommendation has been made, for a study to assess means of improving light aircraft conspicuity and for the adoption of measures likely to be effective.
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