NTSB Identification: IAD02LA042.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 11, 2002 in New Smithville, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: WSK PZL PW-5, registration: N908BT
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During an "out-and-back" cross-country flight in a glider, the pilot noticed that the thermal lift began to dissipate, and he decided to "land out" in a field 1,500 feet below. He made a traffic pattern entry, and performed a forced landing. While on the base leg, the glider struck the top of a row of 20-foot-tall "hedge trees" at the edge of the field, and came to rest suspended in one of the trees. Examination of the glider revealed no mechanical anomalies.

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

The pilot's inadequate evaluation of the weather which resulted in the loss of thermal lift and collision with trees.

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