Accident to the Schleicher - ASK21 registered F-CLIN on 31/05/2019 at Bonneville (Haute-Savoie)

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While in cross-country flight training, the pilot expressed a desire to conduct a solo instruction flight in outlying areas that are considered more demanding. After some discussion, the runway manager cleared him to fly in an area where, according to the club's internal training directives, he did not have sufficient experience. However, he emphasised the importance of staying locally with respect to Annecy Meythet aerodrome and was convinced that the student would not go to the farthest authorised destination.

Although aware that he was leaving the local area of the aerodrome, the pilot continued his flight to the final destination. He then experienced difficulties maintaining and regaining altitude. As he was focused on the search for uplift, he made a late decision to abort the flight. His low altitude forced him to land without performing any reconnaissance of the field and its surroundings.