NTSB Identification: WPR10CA288
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 11, 2010 in Minden, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2010
Aircraft: BURKHART GROB G103C TWIN III ACRO, registration: N41KP
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 pilot stated that during cruise flight in the glider he encountered significant sinking air that prevented him from being able to make his destination glider port. He elected to make an off-field landing into a field. During the landing roll, the left wing contacted the ground and turned the glider to the left. During the turn, the glider's tail assembly separated from the fuselage. There was substantial damage to the tail structure.

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

The pilot's encounter with an area of degraded lift during cruise flight, resulting in a forced off-airport landing.

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