NTSB Identification: NYC98LA098.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 25, 1998 in HARDSCRABBLE, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1998
Aircraft: MASAK SCIMITAR, registration: N102PX
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was ridge soaring and encountered an unexpected down current from an upwind plateau causing him to execute an emergency landing to a field approximately 450 feet in length. After touchdown the pilot ground looped the glider to avoid hitting a tree.

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

The pilots encounter with an unexpected downdraft.

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