ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68864
Last updated: 17 December 2014
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Date:24-JUN-2009
Time:
Type:Schweizer SGU 2-22
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N3907A
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Ephrata, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:
Departure airport:Ephrata, WA
Destination airport:Ephrata, WA
Narrative:
The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot were onboard the glider readying it for an automobile tow launch. The CFI reported giving the 'take up slack' command to the wing walker, who was steadying the wings. Before the slack was taken up by the tow vehicle driver, the wing walker prematurely gave the launch signal. The tow driver then accelerated and the glider was suddenly launched into the air. The CFI attempted to control the glider by applying full forward elevator and simultaneously attempting to release the tow line. The glider struck the ground with the line still attached and was again launched into the air as the tow truck continued to accelerate. The tow line then released and the nose of the glider struck the ground. The glider sustained substantial damage to the aft fuselage structure during the accident sequence.


Sources:
NTSB Identification: WPR09CA368


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Oct-2009 06:49 David Colclasure Added
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