NTSB Identification: NYC87LA163.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34887.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 07, 1987 in MIDDLETOWN, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER ASW-20, registration: N98TX
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.

THE GLIDER PILOT FAILED TO HOOK UP THE ELEVATOR CONTROL CABLE BEFORE LAUNCH AND DURING TAKEOFF THERE WAS NO PITCH CONTROL. THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED UP UNCONTROLLABLY OVERSTRESSING THE ROPE. THE ROPE BROKE AND THE GLIDER IMPACTED HARD ON A ROAD BOUNCING 150 FEET INTO A PLOWED FIELD.

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,ELEVATOR..DISCONNECTED

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CHECKLIST..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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