Tue, Jun 21, 2011
Massachusetts Pilot Admits To Several Errors, One Good
A glider pilot flying out of
Sterling Airport (3B3) in Sterling, MA, reportedly deliberately put
his aircraft in the trees following a missed landing attempt.
Television station WBZ in Boston reports that pilot Timothy
Greenwood said he was unfamiliar with the PIK-20B glider he was
flying for the first time last Wednesday, and missed his landing
attempt. Rather than try to make a steep turn at low altitude, he
decided his best option was to put the glider into the trees near
The online site The Telegram reports that Greenwood
reportedly overflew the runway, and announced on the radio that he
was going down. Greenwood was not injured in the accident.
Local fire officials said that glider accidents at 3B3 are not
particularly unusual, as the department has responded to several
over the years. Greenwood had to be plucked out of the trees by the
fire department. He said the cockpit of the glider remained intact
when it impacted the trees, but he was not sure of the condition of
the rest of the sailplane.
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