NTSB Identification: LAX84LA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23136.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 03, 1983 in BLACK CANYON, AZ
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER I-26D, registration: N7740S
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 TREE DURING A FORCED LANDING. THE GLIDER WAS BEING TOWED ON A FERRY X-COUNTRY WHEN THEY OVERFLEW AN UNDERCAST. THE TOW PLANE STARTED DESCENT TO PENETRATE THE CLOUDS EXPECTING THE GLIDER TO MAINTAIN TOW AND CONTACT ON THE 200 FT LINE. THE GLIDER PLT RELEASED AND SPUN DOWN THROUGH THE OVERCAST. HE DID THIS HE SAID TO PREVENT DISORIENTATION. HE BROKE OUT AT ABOUT 800 FT AGL AND WHILE LANDING IN A PASTURE COLLIDED WITH A TREE.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ANXIETY/APPREHENSION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMMUNICATIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CREW/GROUP BRIEFING..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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