Accident to the Centrair Pégase C101A registered F-CGSH occured on 30/05/2019 at Castillon-en-Couserans (Ariège)

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The pilot made a towed take-off at about 14:35 for a local flight to the south of Saint-Girons Antichan aerodrome (Ariège). The flight took place in unfavourable aerological conditions: thermal uplift was weak and the slope effects were not very marked, especially in the late afternoon. After a flight of 2 hours 45 minutes in the area around Saint-Girons Antichan aerodrome, the pilot elected to continue the flight to the south. He flew at low altitude over a slope over which he had passed 1 hour 30 minutes earlier. Due to the change in air flow observed during the afternoon, it is probable that the slope effects encountered on the first pass had abated. The flight path adopted did not allow for a sufficient margin of energy to be maintained in relation to the terrain. The pilot was unable to pull away towards the valley and the glider struck the treetops.

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