NTSB Identification: LAX83LVG02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 06, 1982 in CALISTOGA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/1983
Aircraft: SCHLEICHER ASW-20, registration: N3682
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 PILOT STATED THAT HE FORGOT TO CONNECT THE ELEVATOR CONTROL WHEN HE ASSEMBLED THE GLIDER FOR THE FLIGHT. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE DID NOT BECOME AWARE OF THIS SITUATION UNTIL HE TRIED TO USE THE CONTROL DURING TAKEOFF. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE, BOUNCED AND HIT AGAIN IN A 30-40 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE BEFORE COMING TO REST INVERTED.

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,ELEVATOR CONTROL..DISCONNECTED

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CHECKLIST..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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