NTSB Identification: CHI05CA255.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2005 in Stanton, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: LET L 33 Solo, registration: N93205
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 damaged during landing when the right wing struck the ground causing the glider to ground-loop. The pilot reported experiencing extreme turbulence and a rapid descent while on final approach to land. He stated that he retracted the glider's spoilers but the descent continued until the right wing struck the ground. The recorded winds were 220 degrees at 4 knots gusting to 15 knots.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper descent rate during landing due to the wind gusts. The wind gusts were a factor.

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