NTSB Identification: LAX88LA131.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35793.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 1988 in PHELAN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1989
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS 1-26A, registration: N3829A
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.

DURING A LOCAL FLIGHT THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO FIND SUFFICIENT LIFT TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. A FORCED LANDING WAS SET UP ON A DIRT ROAD, HOWEVER, DUE TO TRAFFIC INTERFERENCE, THE PILOT DIVERTED TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHERE THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE. THE PLT POSSESES A GERMAN ISSUED CERT WITH MEL, INST & CFI. HE ALSO HAD A US STUDENT CERT ISSUED 4/30/83, EXPIRED 4/30/85. THE PLT COMPLETED A BIENNIAL FLT REVIEW IN A PHANTON F-4F TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACC THROUGH A MILITARY TRAINING PROGRAM. HE ALSO HOLDS A CURRENT USAF MED CERT WITH NO WAIVERS OR LIMITATIONS AND IS ON ACTIVE FLYING STATUS.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..NO THERMAL LIFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE

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