NTSB Identification: ANC97TA074.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 17, 1997 in FORT WAINWRIGHT, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1998
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1-26E, registration: N2952H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was departing in a glider on a local proficiency flight. During the takeoff roll, the glider's canopy suddenly opened. The pilot released the glider from the tow airplane, and landed in unsuitable terrain off the airport environment. The glider received damage to the right side of the nose, the right wingtip, and the fuselage.

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

the pilot's inadequate preflight and improper planning/decision. Factors relating to the accident were: an unlatched canopy, and unsuitable terrain for landing.

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