According to a written statement received from the Civil Air Patrol, and forwarded to the
National Transportation Safety Board, on August 28, 2010, the CAP glider [LET L-23 Super Blanik] [N361BA] lost lift while preparing to land at [Socorro Municipal Airport in Socorro, NM].
The CAP pilot selected an off-field landing location and during the landing attempt, encountered terrain and a fence that was not expected. The glider was substantially damaged during the impact. An examination of the glider and its systems, conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration, revealed no anomalies.
Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A loss of lift that resulted in an off-airport landing.