NTSB Identification: NYC84LA327.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26721.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 30, 1984 in CHURCHTON, MD
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS 2-33, registration: N5712S
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.

DURING GLIDER TOW CLIMBOUT, ENCOUNTER WITH THERMAL RESULTED IN MOMENTARY TOW ROPE SLACK. TOW ROPE SEPARATED IN OVERLOAD WHEN SLACK WAS TAKEN UP. GLIDER PLT SELECTED NEAREST OPEN FLD & SET UP LANDING PATTERN. ON DOWNWIND LEG, PLT NOTED OBSTRUCTIONS IN FLD, ELECTED TO DIVERT TO ANOTHER FLD STRAIGHT AHEAD & RECOGNIZED A DOWNWIND LNDG WOULD BE REQUIRED. DUE TO DOWNHILL SLOPE IN COMBINATION WITH TAILWIND, LNDG ROLL WENT BEYOND CLEAR AREA INTO HIGHER GRASS. ACFT COLLIDED WITH HIDDEN STUMP.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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

GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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