NTSB Identification: MIA97LA074.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 25, 1997 in CLERMONT, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS-2-33A, registration: N233HH
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot elected to be towed aloft, as a cold front was approaching. While on final approach to land, the glider encountered a wind gust, which resulted in an uncommanded left bank and a 120-degree change in direction. The pilot recovered, then landed the glider in trees short of the runway. The gliderport owner stated that he was just about to cancel flight operations when the accident occurred.

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

the pilot's improper planning/decision by electing to be towed aloft with a cold front nearby, which resulted in an in-flight encounter with wind gusts from the nearby cold front and subsequent in-flight collision with trees.

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