Accident Slingsby T.45 Swallow N7476, 02 Sep 2007
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66130
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Type:Slingsby T.45 Swallow
Registration: N7476
MSN: 1660
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hutchinson, Kansas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Hutchinson, KS (SN76)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The glider achieved flight as normal prior to rotation by the tow plane. As the glider continued along the runway there seemed to be some sort of external downward force like a wind gust. The glider wheel touched the runway and the glider bounced into the air, gaining altitude rapidly. The pilot released the glider tow line and continued straight. The pilot stated that the tow plane was not in sight and there was an impression that the tow plane may have taken off. The pilot banked the glider to the right to return to the airport. During the turn the right wing stalled and the glider lost altitude rapidly. The glider impacted terrain to the west of the runway on airport property. The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented by making a small right turn and landing straight ahead on the remaining runway.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during a low altitude release resulting in an inadvertent stall/spin. Contributing factors were the pilot's decision to turn back to the airport at low altitude and the wind gust.


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Revision history:

03-Jul-2009 12:18 DColclasure Added
15-Dec-2012 10:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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