Schweizer 2-33A Glider C-GFMB - Epilogue

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Report / August 15, 2016 / Project number: Schweizer C-GFMB - B Category

Location: 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia
Date: 2016-08-15
Status: Investigation Complete

Epilogue

On 15 August 2016, a cadet student pilot was conducting the eighth solo training flight under the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Gliding Program at Comox Airport.

The student pilot released from the tow plane in the practice area west of the airport, and practiced stalls and turns before re-joining the left hand downwind for landing on the grass Runway 30, known as the primary landing area.

Emergency responders arrived on scene very shortly after the impact. First aid was provided to the student pilot, who was then extricated from the cockpit and transported to the Comox General hospital. The student pilot received serious injuries; the glider was very seriously damaged.

The investigation concluded that the student pilot reverted to previous performance weaknesses and became task saturated on approach, dropping critical elements from the crosscheck. The student pilot did not maintain a safe airspeed in an attempt to reach the primary landing area and as a result the glider stalled on final, short of the runway.

It was also noted that the glider restraint system had not been modified to ease the tightening of the lap belt. This could have resulted in the restraint system being too loose, allowing the lap belt to rise above the ideal position around the waist during the ground impact.

Recommendations were made to clarify the engineering processes for glider modification procedures, as well as improving solo monitor training.

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