NTSB Identification: MIA97LA101.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 20, 1997 in BENTON, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1-26E, registration: N33WP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While soaring along a ridge the pilot descended the glider to about 20 feet above the trees. As he made a turn away from the ridge the glider encountered heavy sink and descended. A wing tip caught a tree and the glider spun around and nosed into the trees where it came to rest.

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain altitude and clearance from the trees on a ridge line.

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