NTSB Identification: LAX98LA293.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 14, 1998 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: PZL-Bielsko SZD-59, registration: N59SE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot was approximately 350 feet over the trees and was having trouble gaining lift. He reported that he made a turn, slowed his airspeed to 46 knots, and applied excessive rudder in the turn. The glider entered a spin and subsequently impacted a grove of pine trees that were approximately 70 feet agl. The pilot did not report experiencing any mechanical discrepancies, but stated that he should have monitored his airspeed more carefully and should have been more careful with turn coordination.

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain sufficient airspeed which resulted in a inadvertent stall/spin.

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