NTSB Identification: LAX94LA249.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 1994 in JEAN, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/1995
Aircraft: PRUE IRVING OWEN 160, registration: N90614
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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ON THE INITIAL TAKEOFF, THE PILOT REPORTED HE HAD NO AILERON CONTROL. HE ABORTED THE TAKEOFF AND RELEASED FROM THE TOW PLANE WHEN ABOUT 20 TO 30 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. THE RIGHT WING THEN COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND AND THE GLIDER CRASHED. THE PILOT STATED HE FAILED TO PROPERLY CONNECT THE AILERON CONTROL LINKAGE AND THE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION DID NOT DETECT THE PROBLEM.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to properly connect the aileron control linkage during assembly, and his inadequate preflight which did not detect the problem before flight.

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