NTSB Identification: WPR12CA278
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Bishop, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2012
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS 1-36, registration: N3617U
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 reported that, after 1.5 hours of soaring, he was en route to the airport when he encountered significant sink (loss of lift) and was forced to land in a pasture about 2 miles from the approach end of the runway. The glider sustained damage to its right wing tip and empennage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The glider’s encounter with insufficient atmospheric lift to maintain soaring flight, which resulted in an off-airport landing. Full narrative available
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