NTSB Identification: WPR14FA181
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 03, 2014 in Aguila, AZ
Aircraft: AERO TEK INC. ZUNI, registration: N22DA
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 3, 2014, about 1210 mountain standard time, an experimental exhibition Aero Tek Inc., Zuni, N22DA, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain during initial climb out from Sampley's Airport (28AZ) Aguila, Arizona. The glider was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the glider, was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight.

The tow pilot reported that takeoff was normal and shortly after beginning the climb, the pilot noticed a lightening of the control forces. Subsequently, the pilot determined that the glider had separated from the tow line about 100 feet, above ground level.

Examination of the accident site by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators revealed that the glider impacted terrain about 350 feet east of 28AZ.

The glider was recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination.

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