NTSB Identification: CHI95LA308.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 05, 1995 in WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/1996
Aircraft: LET L-23 SUPER BLANIK, registration: N99970
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that he was on final approach when he experienced 'quick' and 'unexpected' altitude loss. The landing gear impacted a power line. The wire broke but the glider descended onto a road. No evidence of preimpact malfunction was discovered. The pilot wrote 'I question whether I actually retracted the spoilers. This may account for the excess loss of altitude.'

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's delayed retraction of the spoilers. Factors were the excessive sink rate and the power lines.

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