NTSB Identification: LAX86FUG05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33467.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 27, 1986 in PALM SPRINGS, CA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS-1-35C, registration: N2673H
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

DURING A PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE ACFT WAS NOT GETTING THE LIFT REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN ALT. THE PLT DECIDED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT, HOWEVER, ENROUTE THE PLT REALIZED THAT HE WOULD NOT MAKE IT BACK TO THE RWY. THE PLT DECIDED TO LAND IN AN EAST WEST DIRECTION ON A SANDY AREA AND DID NOT REALIZE UNTIL ON FINAL APPROACH THAT HE HAD A CONSIDERABLE CROSSWIND. ON SHORT FINAL THE NOSE OF THE ACFT RAISED, THE LEFT WING DROPPED AND THE ACFT ENTERED A SPIN. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE.

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

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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