NTSB Identification: LAX07CA133.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 2007 in Banks, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Jiran FJ-1, registration: N366W
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 experienced a loss of lift and collided with a bench during a forced landing in a field. A towplane launched the glider, releasing it 4 nautical miles southwest of the departure airport at an altitude of 2,700 msl. The pilot discovered several thermals in the area and ascended to 3,700 feet msl. Shortly thereafter, the glider encountered rain showers and began to lose altitude. Though the bad weather appeared as though it was dissipating, the glider continued to descend. The pilot opted to land in a plowed field. The glider touched down in the field farther down than the pilot anticipated. The pilot did not have a sufficient distance to stop before the glider's right wing collided with a robust bench.

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

the pilot's misjudged distance/altitude that led to a failure to attain the proper touchdown point.

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