NTSB Identification: LAX86LA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30907.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 23, 1986 in HEMET, CA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS-2-33A, registration: N2032T
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.

A GLIDER STRUCK WIRES WHILE ON FINAL APCH TO A FIELD. THE PLT INDICATED THAT HE WAS TOWED TO AN ALT OF 5,000 FT MSL (APRX 3,500 FT AGL). ON RELEASE, HE ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT OF MORE THAN 500 FT PER MINUTE AND WAS ONLY ABLE TO STAY AIRBORNE 6 TO 7 MINUTES. THE PLT THEN TURNED THE GLIDER TOWARD THE ARPT. WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REACH IT, HE SELECTED A FIELD FOR A FORCED LANDING AREA. ON FINAL APCH HE SAW WIRES AND ATTEMPTED TO FLY UNDER THEM THE ACFT VERTICAL STABILIZER STRUCK THE WIRES DAMAGING IT AND THE RUDDER.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT



Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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