NTSB Identification: IAD02FA074.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 20, 2002 in Jackson, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: Wehrlen Glassair II RG, registration: N79CW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane was observed flying "kind of low" before it spiraled "straight down." It completed three rotations before impacting trees. Post-accident examination revealed no mechanical anomalies. The pilot's operating handbook stated that due to the many variables that affect spin recovery, and the lack of control over those variables, intentional spins were prohibited.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin and subsequent impact with terrain.

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