NTSB Identification: SEA83LA109.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20375.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 26, 1983 in EPHRATA, WA
Aircraft: I.C.A. BRASOV IS-29D, registration: N91419
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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS FORCED TO LAND AFTER THERMAL ACTIVITY SUBSIDED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO FIND AN AREA OF LIFT. HE ELECTED TO LAND IN THE LAST CULTIVATED FIELD BEFORE REACHING AN AREA OF SAGE BRUSH. REPORTEDLY, A DUST DEVIL WAS ENCOUNTERED DURING TOUCHDOWN. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND & THE GLIDER TURNED ABOUT 110 DEG. THE RIGHT WING & FUSELAGE WERE DAMAGED WHEN THE GLIDER SKIDDED.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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