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Report on serious glider incident near Starmoen airport, Norway, 16 April 2019, involving Schempp-Hirth DISCUS 2B, LN-GDE

On Tuesday 16. April 2019 the glider was on tow out of Starmoen Airport when the canopy shattered. The pilot received minor injuries. He was able to return to Starmoen Airport and perform a normal landing. A Sailplane Section of the Norwegian Air Sports Federation (S/NLF) investigation suggests that the canopy locking mechanism loosened, leading to the canopy opening and being shattered.

Investigation of this accident has been delegated to S/NLF. This investigation report is based the S/NLF report.

This report is in Norwegian only.

No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Published: 25.11.2020


Location Starmoen Airport (ENSM), Hedmark County, Norway
Occurrence date 16.04.2019
ICAO Location indicator ENSM
Aircraft Øvrige seilfly
Registration LN-GDE
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Innlandet
Type of occurrence Serious incident
Type of operation Private (club)
Category of operation Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category Sailplane (incl. motorglider)

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