Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2011 Issue

October 13, 2011, Cle Elum, Wash., DG Flugzeugbau GMBH DG 1000S

At about 1558 Pacific time, the glider impacted terrain while being ground-launched from a tow vehicle. The solo commercial pilot was fatally injured and glider sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed. Witnesses reported the launch’s first stage appeared normal and the glider became airborne within the first one-third of the runway. Shortly thereafter, the glider pitched to a steep nose-high attitude, then leveled off about 200 feet above the runway. It then entered a steep right bank and descended to the ground.

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