Factual Report: Hawker collided with sailplane

 - February 8, 2008, 10:54 AM

Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–No one was seriously injured when the NetJets Hawker and a Schleicher ASW27-18 glider collided in flight. The Hawker was on an IFR flight plan; the glider had not filed a flight plan. As the Hawker was being handed over to Reno Approach, the captain saw the glider and maneuvered to avoid the collision. The first officer said the panel “exploded” and the cockpit was “noisy with wind.” After declaring an emergency, the crew asked for vectors to Reno, but they spotted the airport at Carson City and elected to land there. The right engine had shut down and the landing gear would not extend. After the midair, the glider went into a flat spin and its pilot bailed out and parachuted down. Both aircraft were substantially damaged.™