NTSB Identification: CHI84FA225B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24555.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 09, 1984 in STANTON, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A, registration: N1015A
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE TOW PLANE AND THE SAILPLANE IT HAD TOWED TO PATTERN ALT COLLIDED ON FINAL APPROACH OF THE PATTERN. THE TOW PLANE WAS SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW THE SAILPLANE TO LAND AFTER IT HAD DROPPED THE TOW ROPE. THERE WAS A LOW SUN GLARE FACING THE TOWPLT ON THE HEADING OF THE BASE LEG. ACCORDING TO THE CFI IN THE GLIDER, THE TOW PLT WAS LOOKING 'AHEAD AND TO THE LEFT' JUST BEFORE THE COLLISION. THERE WERE NO RADIOS IN EITHER ACFT.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT..NOT ATTAINED


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE

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