NTSB Identification: LAX84LA031.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21486.
Accident occurred Monday, October 24, 1983 in NEW RIVER, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N4361Y
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 TOW PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING A TAKEOFF TOW WITH BOTH ACFT STILL ON THE GROUND, HE STARTED TO DRIFT RIGHT AS A GUST OF WIND CAUGHT HIM. THE GLIDER PILOT DECIDED TO RELEASE. THE TOW ACFT THEN WENT 100 YARDS OFF THE RWY AND COLLIDED WITH A PARKED GLIDER. WIND WAS GUSTING 30 KTS.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT PARKED/STANDING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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