Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2008 Issue

May 4, 2008, Ephrata, Wash., Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4M

This was the first flight after removing the motor glider from storage and reassembling it. During initial climb, the glider started rolling left despite the pilotís control inputs. He aborted the takeoff and landed straight ahead while attempting to maintain control of the powered glider. However, the left wing struck the ground and the glider began to cartwheel. The glider was substantially damaged and its pilot seriously injured.

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