NTSB Identification: LAX99LA298.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 05, 1999 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/14/2001
Aircraft: Lithuanian Factory of Aviation LAK-12, registration: N612LK
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he was unable to locate suitable thermals to remain aloft while on a cross-country flight and he elected to execute an off-airport landing on a dirt road. During the landing roll, the right wing tip collided with a road sign and the glider ground looped. The pilot reported that he had not experienced any mechanical malfunction with the glider prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate clearance from ground obstructions during an off-airport landing. The pilot's inability to locate suitable thermal activity to remain aloft is a factor in the accident.

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