NTSB Identification: CEN13CA336
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 01, 2013 in Corona, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: SCHEMPP-HIRTH VENTUS-2B, registration: N62TW
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 was ridge-soaring in his glider near a mountain peak in gusty wind conditions, when he was blown into trees. The glider sustained substantial damage to the airframe and wings. The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the glider. He said that he was unfamiliar with the terrain and the wind gusts and down-drafts were higher than he anticipated.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while ridge-soaring in gusty wind conditions.

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