NTSB Identification: NYC84LA188.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25301.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 26, 1984 in PEPPERELL, MA
Aircraft: ROLLADEN-SCHNEIDER LS-4A, registration: N245JD
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 WAS ATTEMPTING A TOW-LAUNCH WHEN THE RIGHT WING TIP STRUCK A CLUMP OF HIGH GRASS. THE GLIDER YAWED RIGHT AND COLLIDED WITH THE ASPHALT RWY, BREAKING THE FUSELAGE AND COLLAPSING THE LANDING GEAR. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE GRASS WAS TOO HIGH FOR A LOW WING SAILPLANE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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