NTSB Identification: MIA03LA022.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 29, 2002 in Groveland, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: LET L-23, registration: N41BW
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.
Witnesses saw the glider heading south about 8 to 10 feet above the runway surface, at a fast rate of speed, spoilers not deployed, and intending to land. The witnesses observed the glider flare several feet above the runway, pull up at a high angle of attack, and high rate of speed. Before coming to rest the glider began a "wheelbarrow" effect with several pull-ups and descents several times, nosed down at about 30 degree angle, and impact the runway surface very hard. An examination of the dive brakes after the accident did not reveal any discrepancies. The pilot was given an NTSB Pilot/Operator Accident Report Form 6120.1/2 by the FAA inspector, but a completed form was not received by the NTSB.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to extend the dive brakes during approach and his excessive airspeed and improper landing flare which resulted in the airplane nosing down and impacting with the runway. Full narrative available
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