NTSB Identification: ATL86LA262.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32392.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 20, 1986 in TULLAHOMA, TN
Aircraft: ALEXANDER AS-K13, registration: N6877
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.

DURING AN AUTOMOBILE TOW/LAUNCH, THE AUTO EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF POWER BEFORE THE GLIDER REACHED A SAFE RELEASE ALTITUDE. THE PILOT HAD STEERED THE GLIDER OFF OF THE PAVED RWY AND WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE RWY. THE GLIDER PILOT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN HIGH FOLIAGE WHERE SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED TO THE EMPENNAGE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HAD HE REMAINED OVER THE RWY, THE POSSIBILITY OF LANDING IN THE FOLIAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

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

GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

ALL AVAILABLE RUNWAY..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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