NTSB Identification: SEA86LA199.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31974.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 13, 1986 in EASTON, WA
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 2-22EK, registration: N2723Z
Injuries: 2 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 INSTRUCTOR PILOT WAS FLYING THE GLIDER WITH A STUDENT IN THE FRONT SEAT ON A LOCAL INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT. ABOUT 2200 FT DOWN THE 2640 FOOT GRASS STRIP, THE TOW AIRCRAFT, AT ABOUT 50 TO 100 FEET AGL, LOST POWER AND STARTED TO DESCEND BACK TO THE RUNWAY. THE GLIDER PILOT RELEASED THE TOW ROPE AND ATTEMPTED A TURN AWAY FROM TREES AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY. WHILE TURNING, THE RIGHT WING STRUCK THE TOP OF A TREE, SPINNING THE GLIDER IN A 'FLAT' SPIN TO THE GROUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:GLIDER LAUNCH/TOW EQUIPMENT..DISABLED
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)
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