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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Glider accident on May 5, 1997


Thread: Glider accident on May 5, 1997

Message: Glider accident on May 5, 1997

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From: Salvadori Luca <lsalvadori at>

Date: Thu, 08 May 1997 09:42:51 UTC


A PZL Puchacz two-seat glider crashed on May 5, 1997 on Alzata Brianza 
Airfield, Northern Italy. Both crew, composed by Giancarlo Maestri (CFI) and 
Angelo Colombo, died in the crash.
Witnesses say that glider, after entering a (presumably) voluntary spin at 
safe altitude, did never recover from it and crashed inside airport area. 
Mr. Colombo was training for CAA examination and spin recovery is a key part 
of it.
Glider had been temporarily hired by Alzate Aero Club while its own glider 
was under major maintenance.
Giancarlo Maestri, 67, was an expert glider instructor with several years of 
experience, having performed a bright sporting career as well. Angelo 
Colombo, 24, was both glider and aircraft pilot and, albeit young, was 
highly estimated among his fellows.
Italian CAA is now investigating on the accident. Possible causes are at the 
moment a mechanical failure, incapacitation of one or both pilots, or error 
in recovery maneuver.
A similar accident on the same glider type happened some years ago in 
Austria, and is believed to have been caused by failure in rudder hinges, At 
the moment no official statement has been issued by Italian CAA about.

     Luca Salvadori
     European Correspondent
     Sport Aerobatics


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