NTSB Identification: MKC89LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39445.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in YODER, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1990
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER TG3A, registration: N73483
Injuries: 1 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.

WHILE BEING TOWED TO ALTITUDE, THE STUDENT PILOT SAID THAT THE TOW ROPE BROKE AT ABOUT 200 TO 300 FEET AGL. HE EXECUTED A TURN FOR AN EMERGENCY LANDING, AND DURING THE TURN, STALLED THE ACFT. THE GLIDER DESCENDED UNCONTROLLED COLLIDING WITH TREES, THEN THE TERRAIN. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE TOW ROPE HAD BROKEN NEAR THE GLIDER TOW HOOK.

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

AN ABRUPT MANEUVER RESULTING IN A STALL/SPIN AND SUBSEQUENT AIRCRAFT CONTROL NOT BEING MAINTAINED BY THE PILOT IN COMMAND.

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