NTSB Identification: LAX84LA386.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25012.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 08, 1984 in LLANO, CA
Aircraft: LET L-13, registration: N99966
Injuries: 2 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE GLIDER DID NOT SINK AS FAST AS EXPECTED ON THE DOWNWIND LEG, SO HE EXTENDED FLAPS TO 30 TO 40 DEG, USED SPOILERS & EXTENDED THE DOWNWIND. ON BASE LEG HE ENTERED AN AREA OF HIGH SINK; THEREFORE, HE CLOSED THE SPOILERS & ANGLED TOWARD THE RWY. HE DECIDED THAT HE WOULD BE UNABLE TO REACH THE RWY, SO HE ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD, SHORT OF THE ARPT. DURING THE LANDING ON ROUGH TERRAIN, THE RIGHT WING HIT A JOSHUA TREE & THE GLIDER WAS DAMAGED.

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND

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