NTSB Identification: SEA00LA144.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2000 in HAMILTON, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: Eiriavion Oy PIK 20E, registration: N27RT
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot returned to his departure airport in the powered glider and entered a left downwind for runway 34. During his approach he decided he was too high and fast and executed a go-around with the intention of executing a 180 degree course reversal and landing on the reciprocal runway. A witness reported that during a high angle of bank turn and climb of about 50 feet, the aircraft entered a stall. The pilot reported that he initiated a recovery but that he 'had insufficient ground clearance to re-establish level flight and impacted the ground.'

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

The pilot's entering an inadvertent stall condition during a high angle of bank turn (maneuvering), and the lack of adequate altitude in which to successfully recover before ground impact.

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