NTSB Identification: NYC83LA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 19791.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 12, 1983 in BUENA VISTA, PA
Aircraft: Burkhart Grob G10Z ASTIR CS, registration: N142SS
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.
THINKING THAT HE MIGHT BE LOST IN A WAVE ABOVE THE CLOUDS, THE PLT DESCENDED THROUGH AN OPENING & DECIDED TO MAKE AN OFF-FIELD LANDING. SEVERE WIND GUSTS ALTERED HIS GLIDE PATH & HE HEADED TOWARD AN APPLE ORCHARD. THE LEFT WING CONTACTED A BRANCH ABOUT 10 FT ABOVE THE GROUND & THE GLIDER GROUND LOOPED BREAKING THE TAIL CONE & DAMAGING THE STABILIZER & VERTICAL FIN.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ABORTED TAKEOFF..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND
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