NTSB Identification: NYC88DHD03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42554.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 1988 in HAMMONTON, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1991
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS 1-23H-15, registration: N8619R
Injuries: 1 Serious.

THE GLIDER PILOT WAS IN A LEFT TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR RUNWAY 3, WHEN HE REALIZED THE GLIDER WAS TOO LOW. REPORTEDLY, HE TRIED TO 'STRETCH' HIS GLIDE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE GLIDER STALLED & ENTERED A SPIN AT ABOUT 500 TO 600 FT AGL. THE PILOT INITIATED SPIN RECOVERY PROCEDURES, BUT THE GLIDER CRASHED BEFORE HE RECOVERED.

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

THE GLIDER PILOT'S FAILURE TO AVOID THE STALL/SPIN ENCOUNTERED DURING LOW ALTITUDE OPERATION IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN.

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