NTSB Identification: ATL95LA093.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 29, 1995 in SPARTANBURG, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: LET L-23 SUPER BLANIK, registration: N152AT
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.
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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE GLIDER WAS NOT GAINING SUFFICIENT AIRSPEED DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL. THE TOW PLANE PILOT RELEASED THE GLIDER, AND THE TAKEOFF WAS ABORTED. DUE TO OBSTRUCTIONS AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY, THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER THE GLIDER INTO AN OPEN AREA. THE LEFT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND FIRST, AND THE GLIDER GROUND LOOPED. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE WINGS AND FUSELAGE RESULTED. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS EXITING THE GLIDER, HE NOTICED THAT THE SPEED BRAKES WERE IN THE DEPLOYED POSITION, WHICH CORRELATED WITH THE POSITION OF THE SPEED BRAKE HANDLE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadvertent use speed brakes during takeoff. Full narrative available
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