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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66023
Last updated: 13 October 2020
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Type:Glaser-Dirks DG-100G Elan
Registration: N132S
C/n / msn: E186G152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Truckee Tahoe Airport - KTRK, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Truckee, CA (TRK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
About 150 feet above ground level (agl) during a tow to altitude, the glider's tow rope release mechanism activated without the pilot's command. He lowered the nose, regained airspeed, turned left, and landed in sagebrush, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and right aileron. During the post accident investigation, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector was able to cause an uncommanded release of the tow rope an additional two times by tugging on it. The tow release's time in service exceeded the manufacturer's recommended replacement interval. The manufacturer's service recommendations are not regulatory or mandated unless specifically written into the operating limitations for the airplane.
Probable Cause: A malfunction of the tow release mechanism.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

28 Aug 1990 N132S Private 0 Vacaville Nut Tree Airport - KVCB, CA sub

Revision history:

28-Jun-2009 22:25 DColclasure Added
29-Aug-2013 13:01 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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