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Premature Termination of Tow. An Accident. The Ultimate in Distraction. Blanik L-13 ACCIDENT PIC was a 52 year old private pilot with approximately 450 hours total time and 4 hours in the L-13. Pilot was giving a young person his first aircraft ride.

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Blanik L-13 ACCIDENT

  • PIC was a 52 year old private pilot with approximately 450 hours total time and 4 hours in the L-13.
  • Pilot was giving a young person his first aircraft ride.
  • At 1100 feet AGL the tow plane signaled the glider that his spoilers were out.
  • He released and returned to the airfield.
  • Landed hard.
  • Aircraft totaled - no injuries.
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PIC comments

  • Pilot was in the cockpit checking his controls.
  • “ wing runner raised the wing.”
  • tow pilot saw wings level and him moving his rudder.
  • Takeoff started without him finishing his checklist.
  • At approximately 1,000 feet tow plane signaled a glider problem.
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Pilot’s Comments continued

  • Mistook tow plane signal and released.
  • At 900 to 1000 ft. AGL he headed directly to the airfield and “did GUMPS check”.
    • GUMPS?
  • Feels he “touched the flap handle” to confirm spoilers closed.
  • At mid-field he was 600 AGL, decided to fly a normal downwind.
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Pilot’s Comments continued

  • He noted he was “losing altitude faster than expected and turned base sooner than planned.”
  • He “decided to land cross runway.”
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The Mishap Chain

  • A series of events leading up to the accident.
    • One break in the chain could have prevented the accident.
  • 1. Wing runner raised the wing.
    • Was he properly trained.
    • Did he give the take-off signal?
    • Was the PIC using him as an excuse?
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The Mishap Chain

  • 2. Tow pilot procedures.
    • Highly experienced.
    • In a hurry?
    • Radio backup to the signals?
    • Did the towplane signal ready?
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The Mishap Chain

  • 3. Pilots decision to continue the takeoff.
    • PIC has the ultimate control - Release handle.
  • 4. Tow plane airborne signal.
    • PIC responsible to known the American Standard Soaring Signals.
  • 5. GUMPS check. (How’d he get past G?)
    • What happened to USTALL?
    • 600 feet above ground level at mid-field.
  • 6. Touchdown.
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Mishap Anatomy

Distraction - Count on them.

Lack of Knowledge - Knowledge is Life Insurance.

Lack of Training - Identify your weak areas and fix.

Lack of Proficiency - Skills have to be recharged.

Preparation is the key. When I am totally prepared my flying is more FUN.

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