Cat. 2 investigation report: simplified-format report, adapted to the circumstances of the occurrence and the investigation stakes.
After a flight with his instructor, the pilot took off in towed flight from runway 36 at Montagne Noire aerodrome for a local flight. He released the tow rope at an altitude of 1,000 m, used the uplifts for approximately 30 minutes and managed to gain an altitude of approximately 300 m. He joined the runway circuit in the base leg.
During the return to the aerodrome, after having widened his traffic pattern, the pilot estimated himself to be under the approach path. He decided to abort the approach and to land the glider on the tops of the trees located below the aerodrome rather than to try to turn on final and risk stalling.
At the time of the collision with the trees, the pilot reduced his speed and his descent rate to lessen the energy on impact.