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N91896 accident description

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Crash location 39.552222°N, 76.195555°W
Nearest city Aberdeen, MD
39.509556°N, 76.164120°W
3.4 miles away
Tail number N91896
Accident date 11 Dec 2010
Aircraft type Schweizer Sgs 1-23D
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot of the glider, on his second flight of the day, he initiated a spin to the right around 3,200 feet. After approximately three-quarters of a turn, the pilot attempted to recover from the spin by applying left rudder. The pilot stated that he felt no resistance upon application of the rudder, and that the glider was unresponsive. As he neared the ground, the pilot was able to maneuver toward trees. The glider impacted a tree, resulting in substantial damage to the wings. The glider remained in the tree for several days due to snow and ice storms before it could be recovered. Post accident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that the rudder turnbuckles were set per the manual and the rudder return springs were intact and not stretched. The rudder controls functioned properly when manipulated.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's loss of control during an intentional aerobatic maneuver (spin) resulting in a collision with trees.

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