NTSB Identification: LAX83FUG14.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20300.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 22, 1983 in NORTH SHORE, CA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 2-33A, registration: N65808
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 RATED AIRPLANE PILOT WAS TAKING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION FOR A GLIDER RATING. HE HAD MADE APRX 11 PREVIOUS SOLO FLTS. THE ACCIDENT SEQUENCE BEGAN WHILE THE SAILPLANE WAS BEING LAUNCHED WITH A WENCH TOW. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE WENCH CABLE FAILED WHEN THE SAILPLANE WAS CLIMBING THRU APRX 100 AGL. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PILOT DELAYED LOWERING THE SAILPLANE'S NOSE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLANE STALLED & CRASHED. AN EXAM OF THE CABLE REVEALED THAT IT HAD FAILED AT A SPLICE. THE NICROPRESS (FITTING) USED TO SPICE THE ENDS TOGETHER HAD BECOME WORN.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..WORN


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..FAILURE,TOTAL

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