Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ERA21LA330

North Springfield, VT, USA

Aircraft #1




Two glider pilots were conducting a simulated rope break from 200ft above ground level (AGL). The glider pilot had requested the tow pilot sidestep right on upwind further than normal to allow for enough distance between the upwind leg and the runway. After a normal takeoff, the tow pilot sidestepped further right than the previous flights. After the tow rope was released, the glider pilot made a steep turn back toward the runway and realized that the runway was beyond glide distance. The pilot elected to land the glider in a clear area beside a dirt road, but during the landing, the left wing impacted a tree, resulting in substantial damage to the wing. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The check pilot's failure to account for the extended departure distance from the airport during a simulated tow rope break and recovery.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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