NTSB Identification: FTW82FRA24
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 03, 1982 in KATY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1983
Aircraft: BLANIK L-13, registration: N273AS
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 PILOT RENTED THE GLIDER AFTER A FLIGHT CHECK-OUT WAS COMPLETED AND WAS GIVEN AN AERIAL TOW TO AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 2000 FEET. ACCORDING TO THE PASSENGER, THE PILOT BECAME DISORIENTED AND LOST SIGHT OF THE AIRPORT. UNABLE TO FIND ANY LIFTING CURRENTS, THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO TRY AN OFF AIRPORT LANDNG. DURING THE APPROACH TO A PASTURE, THE PILOT NOTICED POWERLINES AND ATTEMPTED TO TURN AWAY. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE GROUND IN A STEEP NOSE LOW ALTITUDE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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