NTSB Identification: LAX88LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36367.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 1988 in MIDDLETOWN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: SLINGSBY T59D KESTREL 19, registration: N74T
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 PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE DUE TO THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERING A DOWNDRAFT. DURING THE LANDING ROLL IN AN OPEN FIELD, THE PILOT INTENTIONALLY GROUND LOOPED THE AIRCRAFT TO AVOID COLLIDING WITH A FENCE.

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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