NTSB Identification: LAX96LA158.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 06, 1996 in JEAN, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1996
Aircraft: Let BLANIK L-13, registration: N65379
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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After being aero towed to 2,000 feet agl, the pilot was unable to find adequate thermal activity and returned to the airport and entered the traffic pattern at 800 feet agl. The pilot encountered a high sink rate on final approach and landed short of the runway. The glider collided with the airport boundary fence. The pilot said that the accident could have been prevented if he had shortened the base leg turn. He also said that the glider did not experience any preimpact malfunctions or failures.

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

the pilot's poorly planned approach. The flight's encounter with a downdraft is a factor in this accident.

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