NTSB Identification: FTW83LA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21558.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 12, 1983 in LITTLEFIELD, TX
Aircraft: PRATT-READ PRG-1, registration: N14Y
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.

THE GLIDER WAS BEING OPERATED BY A BOY SCOUT EXPLORER POST. THE 15 YEAR-OLD SCOUT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BOYS TO SOLO THE 40 YEAR-OLD GLIDER. WHILE RETURNING FROM A 50 MIN SOARING FLT, THE GLIDER SPUN TO THE GROUND AFTER ENTERING A STRONG THERMAL. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR THE PLT HAD COMPLAINED OF MALAISE ON THE MORNING OF THE ACCIDENT. THE PLT STATED HE BEGAN FEELING HOT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(OTHER ORGANIC PROBLEM)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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