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Old 08-30-2006, 04:57 PM
DocSullivan DocSullivan is offline
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Default Glider collides with NetJets Hawker - everybody OK

This is an incredible story on all counts -- and bravissimo to the NetJets pilot for saving the day for herself, her aircraft, and all aboard.

Glider Pilot Survives Mid-Air With Jet - Aero-News Network


Akihiro Hirao of Japan was flying his Schleicher ASH 27 glider (a similar 25 model is shown in the graphic below) over the mountains at about 3:10 pm just as a Hawker 800XP was starting its descent into the Carson City airport. The glider impacted the jet's nose -- sending both planes briefly out of control.

As Hirao attempted to bail out of his stricken plane, which lost a wing in the collision -- the pilot of the NetJets Hawker was dealing with a shattered instrument panel. Passengers onboard the charted jet from San Diego say she was able to stabilize the jet quickly, after banking sharply immediately after the impact and descending several thousand feet.

Local media reports state Hirao jumped from the glider, and parachuted into the mountains. He was found by Washoe Tribal Police at about 5:45 pm - two-and-a-half hours after the incident began -- walking near the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon.

"He has no apparent injuries but they will take him to get checked out," said Lyon County Sheriffs Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Page. "He hit a jet at 300 knots and had the presence of mind to bail out. He is a very lucky man."

Meanwhile, onboard the Hawker the plane's pilot set up for an emergency landing at Carson City. The pilot circled Washoe Lake several times in order to burn off fuel, and then executed what sounds like a flawless wheels-up landing at the airport.

"I've had wheels-down landings that were a lot rougher," said Hawker passenger Steve DiZio.

Pieces of the glider were found to be embedded in the Hawker's radome. The unidentified pilot of the charter plane suffered a cut between her lip and chin -- but no one else was injured in the ordeal.

"This woman is a miracle worker," passenger Evy Chipman of Incline Village said of the pilot.


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