NTSB Identification: LAX97LA174.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 02, 1997 in PEORIA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Burkhart Grob 103A, registration: N931BG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During a landing, the glider collided with high vegetation on the left side of the runway after the student pilot allowed it to touchdown left of the runway centerline. The left wing tip dragged in the vegetation, and the glider ground looped to the left. The instructor stated that he was overconfident in the student's ability and did not anticipate his actions. The runway was 4,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. The wing span of the glider was about 57 feet.

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

failure of the student pilot to maintain proper runway alignment and wing tip clearance from high vegetation beside the runway during landing, and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight. High vegetation on the runway shoulder was a related factor.

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