NTSB Identification: LAX97LA265.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 23, 1997 in MINDEN, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Schempp-Hirth DUO DISCUS, registration: N125DD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that on rollout from the off-field landing the right wing tip contacted the ground, and the glider turned sideways before coming to a stop. A fracture was found on the aft part of the fuselage which went completely around the structure.

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

The pilot's failure to ensure that the wings were maintained at a lateral level attitude during the initial landing rollout. A factor in the accident was the rough, uneven nature of the terrain chosen for the landing.

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