NTSB Identification: NYC83LA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20837.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 05, 1983 in FINLEYVILLE, PA
Aircraft: Burkhart Grob 109, registration: N903BG
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 MOTORIZED GLIDER COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THE TERRAIN DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING AFTER THE PROP HAD STRUCK THE GROUND DURING TAKEOFF. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL THE PROPELLER 1ST COLLIDED WITH HIGH GRASS AND THEN A BUMP IN THE GROUND AFTER THE PILOT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND VEERED OFF THE MOWED RUNWAY. THE TAKEOFF WAS CONTINUED AND AFTER TAKEOFF THE AIRCRAFT WAS TURNED DOWNWIND FOR A LANDING. THE PROPELLER VIBRATED EXCESSIVELY AS THE TURN WAS MADE AND THE PILOT SHUT THE ENGINE DOWN AND FEATHERED THE PROP AT ABOUT 100 FEET AGL WHILE OVER THE HANGERS. WHILE LINING UP WITH THE RUNWAY THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES WHICH STALLED THE GLIDER AND IT NOSED INTO THE GROUND.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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

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