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N374AM accident description

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Crash location 39.000833°N, 119.755000°W
Nearest city Minden, NV
38.954074°N, 119.765733°W
3.3 miles away
Tail number N374AM
Accident date 16 Jun 2007
Aircraft type Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3DM
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the motor glider reported that he had been airborne on a local soaring flight for about 30 minutes when the flight encountered "severe downdrafts." Due to the downdrafts, he was unable to return to the airport and had to land in an alfalfa field. During the landing roll, the glider collided with a ditch and a fence that were not visible during the landing approach.

NTSB Probable Cause

The flight's encounter with severe downdrafts during cruise flight. Contributing factors were the pilot's inadvertent selection of unsuitable terrain with hidden obstructions.

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