NTSB Identification: FTW83LA314.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23264.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 30, 1983 in KATY, TX
Aircraft: I.C.A. Brasov IS-2902, registration: N4999K
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 COLLIDED WITH A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER THE TOW ROPE DISCONNECTED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PLT WAS NOT ABLE TO AVOID THE DITCH DURING LANDING DUE TO A STRONG SINK RATE. THE TOW HOOK ASSEMBLY WAS EXAMINED AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND NO DISCREPANCIES WERE FOUND. THIS DEVICE REQUIRES A VERY CLOSE VISUAL INSPECTION TO INSURE IT IS OVER CENTER (FULLY ENGAGED) BEFORE BEING USED. EVEN THOUGH NOT FULLY LOCKED IT WILL HOLD FOR A TIME BEFORE INADVERTENT RELEASE OCCURS.

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

GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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