NTSB Identification: NYC96LA111.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 19, 1996 in BLOOMINGBURG, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1999
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS-2-33A, registration: N65847
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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The pilot reported that he was ridge soaring, when he encountered a wind gust, and the glider drifted over the crest of a ridge. He tried to return to the windward side of the ridge; however, he encountered a wind shear, the glider stalled, and then it entered a spin. The pilot recovered from the spin at a low altitude and flew into an area of scrub oaks in a nose down attitude. The pilot reported: 'Flying faster could have avoided the stall....'

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in an inadvertent stall spin and collision with trees.

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