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N135EX accident description

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Crash location 44.470834°N, 93.093611°W
Nearest city Northfield, MN
44.414965°N, 93.090212°W
3.9 miles away
Tail number N135EX
Accident date 20 Jul 2007
Aircraft type Schweizer SGS 1-35C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The glider was substantially damaged during an off-airport landing. The pilot stated that as he was returning from a flight about 7 miles west of the departure airport, he encountered heavy sink and found himself at 1,100 feet above ground level. The pilot then elected to make an off-airport landing to a cow pasture. He stated that his approach was "somewhat high, and [he] had to lose altitude while rapidly approaching the upslope terrain with a dirt/rock pile at the far end." The pilot stated that he pitched up to either lose speed, or avoid the dirt/rock pile, causing the glider to balloon. The glider then stalled about 5 to 10 feet above the ground and bounced "very hard." The glider's fuselage was subsequently found to have damage to the bulkhead and skins.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall during the off-airport landing. A factor contributing to the accident was the dirt/rock pile.

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