Cat. 2 investigation report: simplified-format report, adapted to the circumstances of the occurrence and the investigation stakes.
The pilot slope soared in the Cirques de Montagnole and found himself downwind of the terrain. With the glider losing altitude, he decided to move away from the terrain to make a U-turn. The glider suddenly lost altitude and the pilot was unable to avoid collision with the vegetation.
As the glider was not equipped with an emergency locator transmitter and was concealed in the vegetation, the pilot and his passenger decided to leave the accident site to reach an area from which they could contact the emergency services by mobile phone. This decision no doubt enabled the emergency services, which had not been able to locate the glider during the search phase, to find them more quickly.