HKPA report number 32

Site: Long Kee Wan

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Date of Event: Sunday 12th of January 2014

This Accident report was filed on Thursday 23rd of January 2014 and the last change to the report was made on Thursday 23rd of January 2014 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 0
( 0 =No Injuries or Minor - brief visit to Doctor)
( 1 =Significant - hospitalized or work time loss less than 48 hours)
( 2 =Temporary Disabling Injuries)
( 3 =Permanent Partial Disabling Injuries)
( 4 =Permanent Total Disability)
( 5 =Fatal injuries)


A pilot holding a Novice (PG2) Licence with 1 years of experience whist flying at Long Kee Wan at approximately 12-1400hrs on Sunday 12th of January 2014.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a NE wind blowing approximately 10-15kph. The temperature was 15-19deg C with Nil Cloud and Unlimited Visibility.

There were reported to be 1 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Undershoot LZ
Water Landing

Event Description:

Pilot took off, flew to the right in direction to the North ridge, got into a thermal, then massive sink.

The pilot thought could still make it to the North ridge to get higher again. As soon as pilot noticed that there was not enough lift, the pilot turned and flew back to the beach.

However, the pilot encountered massive sink on the way back, so finally couldn't reach the beach and landed in the sea.

Reason: Overconfidence with my new wing and poor judgement of the situation.

Learned from this experience: always choose the safe way not the risky one.

Quite an expensive experience!

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou for reporting this event.

Please always try to take the safer option , especially when over water

In the event of an accident or incident , try to remember to get a screenshot of the HKO wind page for the site so that the wind data can be displayed to show other pilots

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet