Glider Accident on Slide Mountain
Sep 04, 2018
Condolences go out to two local pilots and their families. Truckee Tahoe Airport District (KTRK) regrets to report that a motorized glider called a SCHEMPP-HIRTH - DUO DISCUS T crashed below Slide Mountain on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada this past Sunday, 9/2/2018.
The two pilots departed Truckee Tahoe Soaring Association facilities at KTRK at 12:58pm for a cross country flight. The aircraft crashed at 1:38pm causing a 60+ acre brush fire on steep rocky slopes. The U.S. Forest Service reports that the fire has now been 95% contained as of 8:00am on Tuesday 9/4/2018.
The NTSB is conducting an accident investigation. The pilots names are being withheld until next of kin are notified. (Aircraft pictured is an example of the model involved in the accident).