NTSB Identification: FTW97LA004.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 04, 1996 in STERLING, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: PZL-Bielsko SZD-59, registration: N597R
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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While returning to land after a practice aerobatics flight, the pilot flew the glider down the runway of intended landing at 100 feet above ground level and then entered a 45 degree bank left turn. The nose began to drop and the bank angle increased to about 60 degrees and the glider dove into the ground next to the runway with a nose attitude of approximately 60 degrees nose down. At the time, the glider tow plane was back taxiing on the runway. Terrain around the airport was flat grass covered farm fields.

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

Loss of control when the pilot exceeded the velocity of stall while in a turn.

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