Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2004 Issue

June 02, 2004, Kutztown, Penn. / Cessna 182C

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted a gravel quarry shortly after a departure at about 1017 Eastern time. The Commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the local glider towing flight. According to a student glider pilot who was being towed by the accident airplane, it was his third tow of the day. He stated they departed from Runway 17 and performed a 45-degree left turn simultaneously. About 30 feet above the ground, the student pilot noticed that the tow rope had “some slack” in it. After applying a correction, the student pilot noticed that the tow plane did not appear to be climbing well, and the tow rope “went slack” again at 150-200 feet above the gr...

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