NTSB Identification: NYC05CA097.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Wellington, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Burkhart Grob G103 Twin Astir, registration: N3872G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The glider was towed to 3,000 feet msl, and soared uneventfully over the local area. At 1,700 feet, the pilot entered a left downwind leg runway 36; a 2,850-foot-long, 100-foot-wide, turf runway. The glider was too low on the downwind leg, and the pilot flew a tighter traffic pattern to correct for the low altitude. As the glider turned onto a left base leg, the pilot reported that it encountered a downdraft and possible headwind. The glider remained too low and struck trees on the final approach to the runway.

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

The pilot's misjudgment of distance and altitude which resulted in an undershoot of the runway.

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