NTSB Identification: BFO89LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39051.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 28, 1989 in CHURCHVILLE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1990
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER I-26E, registration: N1124S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

AFTER SOARING FOR APRX 45 MINUTES THE STUDENT GLIDER PLT REALIZED THAT HE COULD NOT OBTAIN ENOUGH LIFT TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. HE SELECTED AN OPEN FIELD TO LAND IN. A WITNESS STATED THAT IT WAS OBVIOUS THE PLT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLEAR OBSTACLES PRIOR TO REACHING THE FIELD. HE STATED THAT THE GLIDER WAS DESCENDING TOWARD THE FIELD AND THE RIGHT WING DROPPED SLIGHTLY. THE GLIDER THEN FLIPPED SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT, IMPACTED THE GROUND AND CARTWHEELED.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED DURING THE TURN FROM BASE TO FINAL APPROACH WHICH RESULTED IN THE WING CONTACTING THE GROUND AND THE GLIDER CARTWHEELING.

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