NTSB Identification: LAX07LA257.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Heber, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/30/2008
Aircraft: Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus, registration: N62305
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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The glider approached the destination airport and adjoined with the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to the active runway. The glider immediately started a rapid descent with the spoilers in the extended (open) position. The glider continued in that configuration until reaching about 200 feet above ground level (agl), at which point the nose pitched up. The glider entered a stall/spin, impacting the desert terrain below, short of the runway. An examination of the wreckage disclosed that the spoilers were fully open at the time of impact and the landing gear was still in the undercarriage. No evidence of mechanical malfunction or failure was found during the examination.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain sufficient airspeed during landing, resulting in an inadvertent stall/spin, undershoot and collision with the ground. Full narrative available
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