NTSB Identification: LAX83LA280.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20907.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 1983 in MARICOPA, AZ
Aircraft: LET L-13, registration: N160AS
Injuries: 2 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 SAILPLANE COLLIDED WITH A SMALL TREE AND GROUNDLOOPED DURING A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. THE PILOT STATED THE ACFT HAD ENCOUNTERED A HIGH SINK RATE WHILE GLIDING AT 5000 FT. A RIDGE WAS BETWEEN THE PILOT AND THE INTENDED ROUTE. THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND SHORT OF THE RIDGE LINE IN THE DESERT. DURING THE FLARE FOR LANDING THE ACFT'S LEFT WING HIT A MESQUITE BUSH ABOUT 8 TO 10 FT AGL AND SPUN AROUND. THE WEATHER WAS REPORTED BY THE PILOT AS CLEAR WITH GUSTY WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE OF 105 DEGREES F.

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLIMB..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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