NTSB Identification: NYC86FNC04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33442.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 22, 1986 in ROCHESTER, VT
Aircraft: ROLLADEN-SCHNEIDER LS-4A, registration: N430RH
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE PILOT WAS PARTICIPATING IN A X-COUNTRY SOARING RACE. APROX 15 MILES FROM DESTINATION AND FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THE PILOT EXPERIENCED IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. THE PILOT WAS CERTIFICATED AND QUALIFIED FOR THE FLIGHT. ANOTHER GLIDER PLT SAW THE ACC ACFT AS IT CIRCLED TO GAIN ALT TO CLEAR A RIDGE FOR LANDING. VISUAL CONTACT WAS LOST AND A SHORT TIME LATER A WINGTIP WAS SEEN IN AN OPEN FIELD. THERE WERE NO KNOWN WITNESSES TO THE CRASH. ON SITE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE WING HAD SEPARATED DURING IMPACT AND THE FUSELAGE WAS DAMAGED ON THE RT SIDE OF THE COCKPIT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
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