NTSB Identification: NYC87LA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35078.
Accident occurred Friday, May 08, 1987 in JULIAN, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: PIK 20, registration: CGPIK
Injuries: 1 Serious.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE GLIDER WAS ASSEMBLED AND ALL CONTROLS CHECKED FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. DURING INITIAL TAKEOFF AND CLIMB, WHILE IN TOW, THE ACFT PITCHED NOSE UP ABRUPTLY BREAKING THE TOW ROPE. THE ACFT WAS THEN OBSERVED TO TURN RIGHT AND NOSE DOWN INTO THE GROUND. EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE PUSH/PULL CONTROL ROD WAS NOT CONNECTED TO THE ELEVATOR BALL JOINT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT CONTROL,ELEVATOR ATTACHMENT..DISCONNECTED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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