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N63010 accident description

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Crash location 43.863611°N, 121.407778°W
Nearest city Sunriver, OR
43.884007°N, 121.438640°W
2.1 miles away
Tail number N63010
Accident date 20 Mar 2018
Aircraft type Lithuanian Factory Of Aviation Lak 12
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The glider pilot reported that, at 8,800 ft, he encountered a strong sink rate of about 400-600 ft per minute. He added that he was unable to find any thermals and decided to head towards a nearby airport to land. He soon realized that he would not be able to reach the airport and chose to land on a highway instead. During landing, the wings struck road signs and came to rest on the right side of the highway.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The glider pilot's inadequate flight planning, which resulted in an off-airport landing.

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