NTSB Identification: DEN93LA062.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50394.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 15, 1993 in PEYTON, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/1993
Aircraft: SCHLEICHER ASH 25 E, registration: N555AB
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER LAUNCHING VIA AERO TOW AND OBTAINING AN ALTITUDE OF BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR FEET, THE MOTORIZED GLIDER (ENGINE NOT OPERATING) AND TOW PLANE SANK TOWARDS THE GROUND. THE LEFT WING OF THE GLIDER CONTACTED THE GROUND, CAUSING IT TO TURN LEFT. THE GLIDER PILOT RELEASED FROM THE TOW PLANE, BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO AVOID GROUND LOOPING. WINDS AT COLORADO SPRINGS, LOCATED 13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE ACCIDENT SITE, SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT WERE REPORTED TO BE FROM 105 DEGREES AT 5 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 10 KNOTS.

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

THE ENCOUNTER WITH A DOWNDRAFT.

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