NTSB Identification: LAX96LA135.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 14, 1996 in MINDEN, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1996
Aircraft: Burkhart Grob G102, registration: N851BG
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he received a weather briefing which indicated the possibility of ridge lift. Following a normal takeoff and climb, he released from the tow plane, when the glider was at about 7,000 feet mean sea level (msl), 4 miles from the 4,718 foot msl airport, and 2 miles from the ridge. The pilot further reported that he encountered some ridge lift, but experienced a fairly substantial sink rate by the time he had descended to 6,200 feet msl. The rate of sink increased, and he realized that he was not high enough to return to the airport. The pilot made a forced landing in a soft, muddy dirt field, about 0.25 mile from the airport. During rollout, the glider collided with a dirt berm.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of distance and altitude from the airport, which resulted in an off-airport forced landing.

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