December 20, 2014
New details on the collision that happened between a private jet and a glider near Carson City last month.
A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of the glider hit an unexpected thermal updraft on the southwest side of Mount Seagal, which pushed him upward and into the path of the jet...which he saw just seconds before impact. The jet pilot didn't see the glider, until it was too late.
The two crafts collided at 16,000 feet. The jet made an emergency landing at Carson City Airport, and the glider pilot was able to parachute to safety and hike away.
Despite the major damage to the glider and the jet, everyone involved survived the accident with little injury.
The crash happened over the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County, back on August 28th.