NTSB Identification: NYC89LA152.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39930.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 01, 1989 in ELMIRA, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 1-26, registration: N2746H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

THE PILOT OF THE SCHWEIZER GLIDER WAS PARTICIPATING IN A GLIDER MEET AND WHILE ATTEMPTING TO GET BACK TO THE AIRPORT HE EXPERIENCED A DOWN DRAFT WHICH CAUSED HIM TO LOSE ALTITUDE. ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A FIELD FOR AN OFF ARPT LANDING THE PILOT SAID THAT HE HIT A POLE WHICH TURNED THE AIRCRAFT 180 DEGREES BEFORE IT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND.

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

AN INADVERTENT ENCOUNTER WITH A DOWNDRAFT.

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